A printer's workshop by Abraham Bosse circa1642. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons and identified by them as being in the public domain.

infed  was established in 1995 at the YMCA George Williams College, London as an open and not-for-profit resource. Put together by a small group of educators, it’s pages are now accessed – according to Webalizer – around 11 million times a year.

a space to explore

Our aim is to provide a space for people to explore education, learning and social action – and in particular the theory and practice of informal education, community learning and development, specialist education, social pedagogy and lifelong learning.

not for profit and open

The site is offered by the College as a service to the field and is run on a not-for-profit basis. Access to the pages is free and open to all. We carry no paid-for advertising, nor do any of the editorial links to other sites involve sponsorship or payment. The site does, however, receive a discount from our ISP for placing a link in the sidebar or at the bottom of pages. Custom search comes free (for not-for-profits) from Google. Some links, for example to Facebook and Twitter, will include advertising but again there is no payment to us.


We are endorsed by various sites and have won commendations from organizations like Encyclopaedia Britannica, Adult Learning Australia, the Study Web and Schoolzone. We are part of the British Library archiving project and a number of the pages are included on the UNESCO/NCVER voced database and on SOSIG (the Social Science Information Gateway). Thousands of sites link to us (including the BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian and various educational institutions – for example: Harvard, MIT, and the Open University).

used by millions

We know how many people use our pages, where they come from and how long they spend with us. However, just who they are is something of a mystery. At the moment the page gets around 2.3 million unique visitors a year. Over the last 12 months visitors come from over 234 countries/territories (Source: Google Analytics). The pattern of usage from different countries alters over the year. For example, the numbers drop when there are vacations or when universities are less full. Around 28% of users come from the United States, 25% from the UK, 6% from India, and around 4% each from Australia, the Philippines and Canada.

As for age – the most recent information from Google Analytics indicates the following distribution:

Age distribution of infed users

The same data indicates that around 70 percent of users are female and 30 per cent male.


infed is edited by Mark K. Smith. Michele Erina Doyle and Tony Jeffs also help to compile the archives and encyclopaedia.

We can be contacted at infed.org, YMCA George Williams College, 199 Freemasons Road, Canning Town, London E16 3PY (e) info@infed.org; (t) 44 020 7540 4929

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YMCA George Williams College is the trading name of YMCA George Williams Company. A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, Number 2978406. Registered Charity Number 1044624

Acknowledgement: A printer’s workshop by Abraham Bosse circa1642. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons and identified by them as being in the public domain. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abraham_Bosse_-_A_Printer%27s_Workshop_-_WGA02669.jpg

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