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 herald@ads.ac.uk

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