infed was established in 1995, and supported over the years as an open, independent and not-for-profit resource by Developing Learning, the Practice Development Research Unit, the YMCA George Williams College and others. 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 change – and in particular the theory and practice of informal education, community learning and development, specialist education, social pedagogy and lifelong learning.
not for profit, ‘cookie-free’ and open
The site is offered 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. Some links may include advertising but again there is no payment to us. We do not need click-throughs, nor to make money from ‘digital exhaust’. Most users come straight from search engines (and probably return there). We just focus on content.
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 remains a mystery. At the moment the page gets around 1.2 million unique visitors a year. Over the last year or so visitors came from over 234 countries/territories. The pattern of usage alters over the year. For example, the numbers drop when there are vacations or when universities are less full. Around 35% of users come from the United States, 20% from the UK, 6% from India, around 4% each from South Africa and the Philippines, and 3% each from Australia and Canada.
We can be contacted at Developing Learning Ltd.
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