Overview of YGS website updates in 2018
2018 has seen further advancements to, and the continued evolution of, the YGS website. New dedicated webpages have been created in 2018, one to provide information on the available grants and awards offered by the Society, and another dedicated to the launch of the Adam Sedgwick book, and a YGS archive containing a back catalogue of YGS Circulars and other information related to the YGS. This will continue to be updated with content as it becomes available, and as new incentives / projects get underway in coming years will continue to expand as a place for people to access archive content and information.
As part of the Sedgwick Book launch YGS opened a PayPal account, allowing people to purchase copies of the book securely, directly from the YGS website. In the past few months a link has also been added to the Membership page of the website to allow people to pay their membership fees through the YGS PayPal account. It should be noted that any new members paying through PayPal will still need to download and submit a membership form (downloadable via the YGS website) to ensure that the Society has all of the necessary information to activate their membership and provide new members with the full benefits of membership, including receiving hard copies of the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.
The website continues to be used to communicate information on upcoming Society events, including downloadable flyers for each event which are produced thanks to members of YGS Council. It is proposed to continue with this system, which allows information to be updated as details of upcoming events and finalised; ensuring that the website is always up-to-date with the most current information for members to access. There is also the potential for these flyers to be distributed by e-mail ahead of meetings as a ‘reminder’ system. Further details of this will follow in due course in 2019.
On numerous occasions the YGS website has been used for people wanting to to contact the YGS, via the contact form included on the website. This highlights the importance of maintaining a strong presence on the internet and providing a platform for people to communicate with the Society.
The website also provides an increasing number of links to external websites of our Corresponding Societies and links to other events and information, to provide YGS members with information on a variety of different events occurring throughout the region, or events related to the geology of Yorkshire or Northern England.
We are always open to suggestions for new content and information to be included on the website, or upcoming events that members feel would be of interest to other members. Any suggestions or feedback can be emailed to the website editor.
Further evolution and expansion of the YGS website is envisaged in 2019, particularly ways to ensure that updates to the website are done in a timely and reactive manner to continue to provide the most up-to-date information and act as a ‘hub’ for the Society. It is also envisaged that the website will look to integrate more with the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, expand the amount of links to upcoming events or information of interest to YGS members, and continue to increase in the amount of content included in the YGS archive. Further integration of the YGS PayPal account may also be explored, to allow purchase of other Society merchandise and publications through via the website.
Keep watching this (web) space!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year from YGS Council