What Is Trinity Domains?
Trinity Domains gives students, faculty, and staff a space on the web with which they can do nearly anything. Instead of shoehorning everyone into a WordPress blog (as powerful as WordPress is) with a limited palette of institutionally-chosen plugins and themes, Trinity Domains gives you the ability to install almost anything you want, with real ownership over the technology choices and the content you put up.
The example I like to give is Omeka: For several years we have tried to get a self-hosted Omeka installation at Trinity, but it has not been possible to do so. (Anything that we host locally needs a certain amount of expertise from our server administrators, because they need to understand how it interacts with the other services on our network.) With Trinity Domains, there’s no such problem: Anyone can install Omeka on their own domain!
Trinity Domains is our instance of A Domain of One’s Own, which started at the University of Mary Washington in 2012 and is made possible in partnership with Reclaim Hosting. Over 40 schools now have . A Domain of One’s Own, including schools such as Davidson, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Middlebury, as well as larger schools. For an overview of the Domain of One’s Own project, I’d recommend this article in Wired or these four articles by Audrey Watters:
- “The Web We Need to Give Students”
- “Why ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ Matters (For the Future of Knowledge”
- “Beneath the Cobblestones . . . A Domain of One’s Own”
- “A Domain of One’s Own in a Post-Ownership Society”
- How to set up your domain, and some things you might do with it
- Teaching with Trinity Domains: We’ll be developing this throughout the spring, but for now you might take a look at Mary Washington’s recently-developed Domains-based curriculum.
If you’d like help getting set up on A Domain of One’s own, and are a faculty or staff member, please contact anyone from Educational Technology (maybe start with Christina Boyles and Jason Jones). If you are a student, please contact an STA.
If something isn’t working, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important note: Trinity Domains is different from any other service that we offer, in that you genuinely are in charge of what you install or set up on your domain. This means, first of all, that we might not be expert in whatever you’ve installed, and so we might well be learning along with you as we try to help. And second, if you own your content and you are in control of what’s happening on your domain, it does mean that you might well inadvertently delete content, and we might not always be able to recover it.
Real policies are still being formulated as we slowly roll this out across 2017-18. Our will, however, is to let people have a significant amount of leeway.
- When you leave Trinity, you need to take your site with you. We think that will typically happen in July (for students who leave in May).
- We do not intend to impose any prior restraint on domains. Please don’t make us change this.