Lets talk about web directories. A web directory is a website that contains a big list of links that go to other websites. The list of other websites isn’t just published willy-nilly. It is an organized list so humans can click from a general topic until it reaches a specific bit of information. This is so the directory user can follow easy navigation through the pages and find the item (s)he is looking for (hopefully it will be there!).
An example of the structure of a web directory listing might be like this if you are looking for a place to camp in Quebec, Canada. Their top category might be Canada and then progress to open more categories to narrow the search down as far as necessary. So – Canada – Quebec – Camping – Overnight – Fishing – RVs. See how that kind of works? My example is not perfect, in fact, it’s probably in the wrong syntax, but I’m just trying to break it down for you a little bit.
Preservation of all the research directory
The directory idea actually goes back to a time before any of us can imagine. In the first half of the 1900s, scientists were worried about the preservation of all the research journals, papers, discoveries, and the information within – they were concerned that other scientists, students, researchers, etc., would find it difficult to access years of gathered data if it wasn’t stored and indexed in a human friendly way.
In the mid 40’s a scientist named Vannevar Bush professed the importance of storing data – and wrote and published a piece in the Atlantic Monthly. He believed that usable knowledge should be saved and indexed in such a way that the human brain could interact with it, relate to it, and effectively navigate it in a sensible manner. So, there we have a little history on the idea of a directory, but there was no internet yet, so let’s not get too excited.
We can only wonder how excited these scientist dudes would have been if they could have published their cherished science work on the inter-webs for all eternity – and for everyone to have access to. Whatever that outcome would have been for us living today – we can surmise with confidence that something similar will be the norm a hundred years from now (college-schmoledge?).
Web Directory Pyramid Structure
When a directory is built, the categories are like a pyramid as they associate to each other- this is a way that the human brain can easily process the information (by association). There are many directories on the internet. Some directories are very specific, while others may have a wide range of categories. For example, a niche type directory might relate to hunting, while a general directory may have hunting somewhere listed on it, but you have to navigate through several categories to find it.
If you’ve never used a directory – even when Yahoo was alive, you might want to give it a try – there are millions of websites out there on your favorite topic that a web directory can help you find.
If you or a friend owns a website, you may consider submitting the website to a directory to help get more traffic to the website.
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