Web site philosophy and goals

In many instances we implemented first, then designed, and at some later point formulated standards and statements about our philosophy and goals. Nevertheless, vague concepts about philosophy and goals have affected this project from the very beginning and we have reflected upon what we are doing and why at every point along the way.

It seems useful to state our Web site philosophy and goals more formally at this point to keep ourselves on track and to share our thinking with others. Readers are invited to comment on the philosophy and goals as stated and as they are reflected (or not reflected!) in the Web site itself.