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Using The Site

Welcome to the web-site of the Meridian Programme


"Pop-Ups" and Firewalls

Please note that some of the advanced features of the Meridian web-site (e.g. links to footnotes, abstracts, illustrations etc) may activate the "pop-up" blocker on your firewall. Meridian has no advertisements of any kind and we strongly recommend that you turn off the "pop-up" blocker on your browser to take full advantage of the site.


Using the Compass

Explore the world of Meridian using the specially designed navigational compass.

Click on any compass point to open the named area. A new sub-compass will then be available to guide you through the sections of the chosen subject.

Click on the centre of a sub compass to return to the previous layer.

Please note that the site is under continuous construction. Access via certain compass points may be barred while work is in progress. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.


The two Worlds of Meridian

Meridian has two parallel worlds, namely: Information and Action

The World of Information is accessed by using the compass points on the home page.

The World of Action is entered by passing through the centre of the compass on the home page.

As in the World of Information, different areas of the World of Action are accessed by clicking on the chosen points of the Action compass. When you are in the World of Action, the World of Information can be entered through the centre of the compass on the Action home page. A set of hyperlinks connects related points in the two worlds.


The Meridian Task Bar

Meridian Task Bar Home Page Using the Site Search About Meridian Resources Metanet Action
For your convenience a special Task Bar is loaded at the top of all non-compass pages. It gives you instant access to the home page and all its linked sections (namely "Using the Site", "About Meridian", "Resources", "Meridian Meta-net", and the entrance to the "World of Action"). It also puts the powerful search facility at your finger-tips.


Sections in "Frame-Set" Format

All Papers and Presentations and many other sections of the site are designed in "frame-set" format giving possibilities for embedded visual illustrations and parallel textual commentaries, as well as keeping open future options to include multi-media elements. Always use the "Next Page", "Previous Page" controls in the left navigation frame (where provided) in preference to the forward and back buttons of the web-browser. Browser buttons disassemble frame-sets. You have been warned!


The Search Engine

Meridian has its own powerful search engine. It is dedicated to the Meridian site and gives you an easy-to-use way of locating any word, phrase or subject wherever it occurs in the world of Meridian. On "Compass" pages the search facility is entered via the special portal, elsewhere you can use the "Search" button on the "Meridian Task Bar".

If you have opened a text frame by following a link from the Meridian Search Engine (or indeed from any other search facility on the Web) you will find the "View Complete Page" button at the end of the frame. This gives total access to the rest of the site by opening the "Meridian Task Bar", the navigation facility at the left of the page and any illustrations associated with the chosen text frame.


Using the Library of Papers and Presentations

The archive contains all the articles, papers and presentations produced under the aegis of the Meridian programme and its hosting organisation, the Unit for Research into Changing Institutions. They are grouped under seven themed sections, accessed by points on the resource compass. Titles in each section are grouped in alphabetical order. Each title has a hyperlink to the associated abstract as well as to the complete work. There is also a link to the document's PDF for downloading and printing if required.

At the southern point of the resource compass there is an Alphabetical Index of all titles with hyperlinks to abstracts, PDFs and complete works. Each title also has a hyperlink to the appropriate themed section, allowing you to browse related subject material.

The Search Engine enables you to find and follow up all references to any word or phrase of interest.

A Date Order Index of the same set of resources, with full titles and reference to the section in which each is held, can be found appended to the Director's Bio-Note accessed either via the "About Meridian" compass or by hyperlink from the author's name on any paper.

Some of the "On-Line Presentations" are high density files and best viewed with a broad-band connection. If you have any difficulty with speed of access do order a CD Rom version of the required Presentation.

All Meridian Resources are copyright free and available for you to download and/or print. Please acknowledge source of the material in any further use. If you have difficulty generating a printout, then do order a hard-copy.

Instructions for ordering printed papers or CD Rom versions of Presentations are accessed via the introductory page of each subject section and also at the top of the Alphabetical Index.

We hope you enjoy your exploration of the two Worlds of Meridian. Information only becomes relevant when it results in Action. Action becomes effective only when based on appropriate Information. You are welcome to send any comments or feedback on the contents or use of the Meridian site to info@meridian.org.uk.