Project: Environment and Society Portal
Client: Rachel Carson Center (part of LMU Munich)
Roles: Consulting, project planning, wire-framing, prototyping, developing, hiring designers, outsourcing development, content migration and data management
The Rachel Carson Center needed a component web developer and consultant to lead their very ambitious digital project. I worked initially with the team in defining goals and objectives for the portal including who will be the end user and what services do we need to offer them. I set up content production templates to help manage their existing content basis in a more technically useful manner. I then began the wire framing process to help plan features and this in turn greatly helped the design firm (Panda) take over. I worked closely with the design firm to ensure that the technical functionality of Drupal (7) could be managed along with avoiding use of flash for the complex interactive tools.
We built 4 search and browse tools to navigate the portals various content types and content attributes. These were: the Timeline tool, Map viewer and Keyword Explorer and a basic text based search tool with facetted browsing (clickable screens below).
Where possible, design and development was always outsourced to allow myself (as tech lead and consultant) time to help manage the project and provide technical support to the content team. Not only did I help find the right designers and external developers, I also setup the hosting, frameworks, search engine, internal wiki and bug tracking systems.
As I continue my part time position at the RCC, I look forward to implementing the user generated content contribution systems to help greatly expand on the content provided.