Parks & Gardens UK project

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Parks & Gardens UK project

New vistas for historic designed landscape records.

Rachael Sturgeon

Project Manager, PGDS

Janet E. Davis

Web Manager, PGDS

Project aims



Encouraging volunteers to research & record



Collating information from other sources

Creating



database



web site



educational resources

Specific project aims



6,000
records of sites in England & Wales



1,000
records of sites in Scotland & Northern

Ireland



References records



Archives sources



Associated Person records



Associated Organisation records



Digital images & digital image records



20 themed educational resources

Who is involved?



Parks & Gardens Data Services



not
-
for
-
profit company set up by:



IT contractor



hosting service



Supported by

and



Volunteers

Who is involved? Stakeholders

Advisory Panel

Experts include representatives from:

English Heritage

RCAMHW

Hampshire County Council

Consultative Group

Volunteers organisations
-

NADFAS, County
Gardens Trusts, NCCPG

Universities

Culture 24

Who is it for?

Experts

Non
-
experts

Site owners/managers

Archaeologists

Historians

Heritage professionals

Planning professionals

Design professionals

HE & FE students

Life
-
long Learners

UK schoolchildren

General public

Volunteers

Tourists

Accessibility issues
-

physical and technological

Front end of web site

Need to allow for:



people with disabilities, especially with
visual impairments, including colour
blindness;



slow dial
-
up internet access



older hardware and software

Database interface

Intellectual accessibility
-

navigation


Providing methods to access the
database records that do not
require:



prior knowledge of historic
parks & gardens;



knowledge of UK geography
or local authority areas;



good spelling or high level
of literacy.


Building a semantic bridge using navigation

Find records

Map
-
based Search

Intellectual accessibility
-

images

Building a semantic bridge using description



People ‘read’ pictures according to
what they know.



Need to describe what is where.



What is obvious to one expert will not
be obvious to another from a different
discipline.



Accessibility for visually
-
impaired.

Intellectual accessibility
-

writing style

Building a semantic bridge using writing style



Using plain English or providing
explanations of specialist terms



Abbreviations and acronyms written
in full.



‘Friendly’ but objective style.



Concise, short sentences.

Controlled vocabulary

Example of early controlled vocabulary list for terms to describe the context or
principal building for historic parks and gardens.

The Thesaurus within the database

Data entry form
-

Context

Illustrated Glossary

Illustrated Glossary
-

Front End

Back end content editor



Designed to be used by staff with no or little HTML knowledge.


Incorporates easy entry of basic metadata.

Front end content editor



Next stage
-

letting volunteers add their own articles from the front
end.

Conclusion

Accessibility

Sustainability

Delivery of content

www.parksandgardens.ac.uk