Wayne Bucklar, an ex-QUT academic, has taken it upon himself to establish new websites for all Australian academics, and then email us to tell us that we should go and correct them. As he says “It is incomplete and may well be out of date or even inaccurate”. Perhaps to prove that this isn’t false modesty, the website he’s created for me lists meÂ as “Mr Andrew Bligh”.
Wayne’s rationale for establishing topacademic.org is:
Having been an academic, I understand that we are a highly mobile workforce and that as individuals, we are probably more closely aligned to our discipline than we are to our institutions. …
Some of us stay at one institution for many years while many of us move regularly either because we want to and enjoy new geography or because itâ€™s the most viable pathway to promotion.Â In any case, as the importance of the internet grows as a source of creditable information, the need for us to have at least our contact details able to be found in Google is of increasing value to us.Â Having a resume on line is also useful if we are interesting in catching the eye of potential new employers, research collaborators, publishers or others within our professional sphere of activity.
My own view: there’s a small market failure here, but it’s so minimal that setting up a system of websites outside the existing university infrastructure is unlikely to succeed.Â A better solution would be for university IT departments to get better at passing websites across, so they don’t have to start from scratch when an academic moves from one place to another.