Deddington OnLine (DoL) was the creation of Colin Robinson and the late Charles Newey. In 1997, fortified by a pint or two of Hook Norton 'Best Bitter' in the pub one night, they thought that this would be a good project with which to mark the Millennium in Deddington. With the assistance of a team of volunteers, it has grown steadily to cover all aspects of the Parish of Deddington and is now one of the leading village websites in the country. DoL complements The Deddington News (DN) with which there are close ties and shared pages.
From July 2012, DoL and DN comprise Deddington Media CIC (Community Interest Company). This is a company limited by guarantee with profits dedicated to community projects (Company no. 8141239, registered office the Windmill Community Centre). The four directors are DN joint editor Jill Cheeseman (338609), DN webmaster Mary Robinson (338272), the treasurer, Buffy Heywood (338212); and Rob Forsyth (338384) representing DoL.
- To place Deddington firmly on the tourist map
- To provide links with regional, commercial, educational and other community websites
- To provide another form of communication, the Forum, for discussing important parish issues
- To bring our local businesses to the attention of anyone seeking services in the area
- To give clubs and societies space in which to publicise and report on their activities
- To provide an archive for historical, geographical and environmental information about the parish
Although the site is run by a group of self appointed volunteers, we try and give as much public exposure as possible to what we do in the DN and we hold quarterly meetings with other Deddington media in the Unicorn pub to which you are welcome (dates and times in the printed DN, the Diary and on the Forum or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overall management of the site, review of material, checking compliance with our own code of conduct (see below) and so on is done by the Web Editorial Group (WEG). Present members are: Elizabeth Burak, Celia Clark, Paul Drawmer, Rob Forsyth (chair), Sylvie Nickels, Martin Reed, and David Rogers.
Using a Content Management System (CMS), a number of sub-editors keep an eye on sections of DoL as well as finding and preparing new material for the site. They include: Mary Robinson, Eileen and Don Anderson, Jon Malings, Wendy Meagher, Sue Addison and Cindy Tansley. Clubs and societies may look after their own pages on the site if they wish.
Additional volunteers are always welcome. Please email email@example.com for details.
What goes onto the site
Any social or business enterprise within the parish is entitled to an entry on DoL
- Clubs, societies and groups can have and maintain pages, with illustrations, to explain what they are about, as well as entries in the index of businesses, clubs and societies (DoLdex); the index includes postal, live email and URL addresses, telephone & fax numbers.
- Businesses are limited to 50 words in DoLdex - excluding postal, email and URL addresses, telephone and fax numbers. Separate and expanded web page(s) can be linked to this entry provided the cost of generation of the page(s) is borne by the business. WEG can provide a list of suitable compilers and advice for those who are unfamiliar with creating websites.
- A wide variety of articles reflect the multi-facets of Deddington parish life: local history, parish council reports, church and chapel, village walks, natural history, diary of events, and our wide-ranging community services (Library, Fire Service, etc). Links provide immediate access to websites generated by other parish institutions such as the school, health centre, Parish church.
A public website such as ours clearly needs a code of conduct. The following are the key guidelines we observe:
- Nothing of a personal nature is published without that persons consent unless they have already clearly placed it in the public domain. Even then we normally check with them.
- All material is proof read to check that it is not scurrilous, libellous or otherwise unacceptable to the public at large. WEG reserves the right to refuse any material on this basis.
- We always seek copyright permission where appropriate.
- DoL is registered under the Data Protection Act and conforms to the provisions of the Act. Every reasonable attempt is made by WEG to ensure that material placed on the site is accurate and up to date - we undertake a massive annual review. Please see the Disclaimer which we are obliged to include for good legal reasons.
The web site was initially set up with a grant from Deddington Parish Council which is gratefully acknowledged. Deddington Parish Council is not responsible for any of the contents of this site beyond that which it may have directly provided.
The work carried out by members of WEG is entirely voluntary. Some small costs are incurred from time to time such as web hosting, for which WEG occasionally seeks donations. Such funds as DoL has gathered are now wound in with Deddington Media CIC.
In 2008 the site software was upgraded to a Content Management System (CMS) which would broaden the scope for additional sub editors to self train to become responsible for their own areas of interest. The system chosen for this was MySource Matrix developed by Squiz of Australia and UK (squiz.co.uk). The money to do this was raised by public subscription and the generosity of Granary Publications the webhost.