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Web Archeologist

Job of the future?

6:05 pm on Mar 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Now that web professionals are so broken up into dozens of subsets (Web Designers, Web Programmers, Information Architects , SEO experts, SEM experts, Usability experts, etc.) and sites are getting so complex, do you think there will ever be a job like a Web Archeologist.

Someone who could dig into a site, figure out how it works and what's connected to what and where after a company perhaps loses their programmer, designer or is just so massive in infrastructure that no one person knows what's totally going on and a company decides they need to regroup.

My husband said this to me today. I was explaining that sometimes my company has trouble fixing things on our website, due to the fact that the programmer who put it together quit suddenly shortly after the site was completed. No one else knew everything that was there, but we knew enough to manage and when we don't know, we figure it out and sometimes we even find little extra features the original programmer added without telling anyone. My husband said (in jest) we needed a Web Archeologist to recover what had been lost.

It made me think, is this a possible job of the future?

6:29 pm on Mar 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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absolutely - I know a few "strategists" that those responsibilities fall to. Especially for enterprise level sites.
6:31 pm on Mar 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This is just a matter of maintainance programming. Computer programmers have been doing this kind of work for over fifty years.

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