Monthly Archives: April 2019


Just a quick blog to let everyone know that Tim and colleagues from the ADS will be at the CIfA conference in Leeds later this month.

There will be new information on the OASIS redevelopment project available from the ADS/Internet Archaeology stall, including some new promotional material .

Please come and say hello, we’re more than happy to answer any questions about what’s going on with the project. Tim will have a laptop, so (wifi permitting) he’ll be able to show you the current form as it stands!

OASIS open for testing

March saw the completion of the first major phase of the redevelopment of OASIS. After alot of hard-work by the team, we have finished the following major tasks:

  • A new database is in place (PostGreSQL + PostGIS)
  • A Java application is in place (the basis of the form) that can ‘talk’ to the database
  • Workflows mapped (what happens when(
  • Mapping old OASIS terms to existing heritage thesauri
  • Full-scale test migration of data completed
  • Testing and feedback on migration/mapping
  • The basic form is in place (at last!)

The local version has been deployed to a ‘live’ server, and a group of users who have signed up are now being notified that they can log on and have a look/test what is there.

The testing phase is now running until the end of May, during which time we will be collecting and compiling comments/bugs, as well as moving on with the rest of the build.

The slides below give a very basic example of how the new form is shaping up and the sort of information recorded within.

In a nutshell, what we have completed is…

  • A user can log on (change password etc)
  • Do all the admin type tasks detailed in this post of October 2018
  • Look at a list of their records – filter by various fields
  • View/edit/create a new record
  • Fill in details about the project (using FISH event thesaurus) and the new wordlists now hosted as LOD at heritage data, for example “development type
  • Record the location, and have this generate the geographic administrative areas (county/council, district, parish etc) and then generate the list of reviewers for that record (e.g. HER)
  • Record monument and object (and period), again using relevant FISH thesauri

What we’ll be working on next is:

  • The report / other publication section (with ability to upload a file)
  • The archives section
  • Moving forward with the map (currently only in a local version)
  • Set up the triggers that give the user an option to fill in a specialist module (currently Buildings, Geophysics and Burial Spaces Survey)

If anyone is interested in testing over the Summer, particularly for Archives and Buildings, then please get in touch with