My experience with the internet is long standing. Being and international student I discovered the utility of Bitnet in 1986. I watched the net develop and unfold as lynx married with a windows environment, made Netscape possible and "democratized" the web. I am not a computer programmer, but have basic html skills. I can hack out web pages and introduce basic interactivity. For more advanced applications I usually work with others. I believe my strengths lie in the project development, my training in applied experimental psychology, and a thorough knowledge of the international antiques trade. Examples of projects I have completed or directed are linked from the main page. Included are an interactive experimental classroom with a variety of experiments and exercises, the emphasis here is on function rather than a pretty appearance, an online assessment of learning styles that delivers individual feedback after comparing an individuals scores with international norms, and an internet portal site for those collectors interested in antique arms and armour, the emphasis here being more on appearance and feel for the market sector targeted in addition to "freshness" of information.
As far as auctions are concerned I have been quick to take advantage of the possibilities of the web. I have been trading on Ebay since early 97. The web offers greater advantages and possibilities to collector than Ebay. Real world action houses who maintain "web friendly" sites are a great boon to collectors. The access to catalog information that is available today would have cost the collector several thousand dollars only three years ago. It is somewhat ironic that the internet supports several different types of antique market in parallel, between which it is quite possible to buy and sell. I se the net daily to buy and sell in real world auctions around the world.
I am very excited by the future possibilities of the internet for antiques and collectibles. The market potential is far greater than sales alone. I believe there will be a burgeoning business in "antique and collectible infomatics" over the web, as data is gathered and disseminated more easily. I believe that traditional companies like Thesaurus will be rapidly undercut by those such as Adec or Icollector unless serious investment in the medium is undertaken. Having a background in data collection and quantitative analysis I can see endless applications that have yet to be explored on the web. The production by eBay of CD "collectible price guides" for instance, is overdue. I also believe that I understand what the greatest barriers are in the online antiques business, and how they might be overcome. No one for instance has really worked out the difficulties of selling antique furniture over the web, that category being the single largest in the trade.