Welcome to the first of a weekly column about the web and the ajplus website. We will be looking at how Internet developments can change working practices, like managing project team information over the Web and finding information online; at how wider changes in society such as Internet retailing and banking may influence the architectural agenda; at changes in technology that create new opportunities such as the emerging generations of mobile phones; and at developments on the ajplus website.
The aj and ajplus complement each other. The aj offers news, features and in-depth analysis. As a website, ajplus offers the immediacy of daily news headlines and direct interaction ; its main content is a range information services to help in your work.
These services include a Product Directory of who-provides-what. There is the ever-growing Buildings Bank which has begun by including all the buildings from the aj in 1999. There is a developing Company Directory and a Bookshop. The Info Section includes an events diary and a monthly guide to changes in standards.
There will be some joint AJ and ajplus ventures. You will already have seen the weekly web poll question on page five of the AJ, and the results of your votes from the previous week. From tomorrow ajplus will be showing a preview of the AJ Small Projects 2000 exhibition which opens at the riba tonight with the announcement of winners. We will be showing the winners along with all the 32 projects featured in the exhibition, though there is a lot more detail on display at the RIBA. To see this web preview just click on the highlighted 'AJ Small Projects 2000' label on the ajplus homepage.
A website is much less a finished project than a magazine. We are continually improving functionality and developing new information services. And it is all only a few clicks away on a screen near you.
Barrie Evans is editor of www.ajplus.co.uk