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Screen shot of Bideford Film Society website

Bideford Film Society

The website for BFS is a classic example of a content managed system. The site is changed by film society volunteers on a monthly basis to advertise the films for that period, plus coming attractions in the following months.

On the home page, for example, the top band, the film posters on the left hand side and the central image are all replaced with new images derived from film promotion material supplied by the distribution companies.

Details of films, venues and performances on other pages are all generated from simple forms which are completed by the site's volunteer managers at the end of each month. A few parts of the site including the navigation system, ticketing information and the volunteering form are fixed elements of the Work of Data / Artaura design.

As with all Work of Data content managed sites access to the private administration areas is via a logging in password-controlled system. This design allows more sophisticated features to be incorporated where it is required to provide different levels of access for various stages of executive monitoring and control.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Heavens Above website

Heavens Above

The time is November 1865.  The place Herefordshire, England.  The occasion a Victorian star party where three pioneering astronomers and their families are meeting to welcome their guest from London, the dashing Arthur Ranyard.

Based on true events Heavens Above captures a flavour of time when the masses are beginning to look to the night skies with a thirst for knowledge.  The new technology of silvered-glass mirrors is revolutionising telescope design.  At the cutting edge of this innovation are Rev Henry Cooper Key, George Henry With and Rev Thomas William Webb.  Together these men are moulding the future direction of amateur astronomy across the world.  Heavens Above explores their lives through the eyes of those around them.

This film is being produced with the support of a Heritage Lottery award for the Webb-Share project.

Ongoing website design by Artaura and realisation by Work of Data.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Spacewatch website

SpaceWatch

SpaceWatch is an Artaura/Work of Data developed educational site, included mainly to illustrate Matt Biggs use of images within what is primarily a text-based website.

It was produced for client Paul Haley, of The Share Initiative.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Space Today UK website

Space Today UK

Another Artaura / Work of Data developed site, with an emphasis on the arts. This is an example of a site with navigation through simple drop-down menus.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Trisurf website

Trisurf

TRISURF is an innovative project for young people, based on several surf and sea related themes, involving three surfing regions in Europe.  The regions are North Devon in England, Donegal in Ireland and West Brittany in France.

This extensive bilingual site (English-French) incorporates many photos of the Trisurf exchanges between the three European regions; an online version of the 32-page Trisurf Guide booklet; Trisurf videos; and the Trisurf Forum.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Herefordshire Youth Council website A second screen shot of the Herefordshire Youth Council website

Herefordshire Youth Council (HYC)

Artaura/Work of Data have provided this website since the inception of HYC.  Interactive facilities include an email form, and a download of a PDF form for grant applications for the Youth Opportunites Fund.

The young people asked for facilities to record their own news and forth-coming events, for which Work of Data provided bespoke content management software.

There is also a series of photo galleries: the young people can both set up new galleries, and upload photos to them, with images being resized automatically on the server for thumbnail and display pages. This feature is especially valuable where photos arrive from different sources, as digital cameras and mobile phones produce images in a wide variety of sizes and qualities.

Because a number of different people have the use of the site management software there is also a log-in/password system, controlled by HYC youth workers, which ensures that individuals have their access limited to the specific areas of the site for which they are authorized.  All of Work of Data content managed sites include some level of this access control software.

To visit the site please click here or on either of the small images of the screen shots.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of Museum on the Move 2007 website

Unfair Trade: Slavery - Museum on the Move: 2007 (MoM)

Museum on the Move is a travelling museum shared jointly by the museum services of Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire County Councils in order to reach children in the rural parts of their counties.  Each county provides the exhibition once every three years, based on a subject which is topical in that year.

Herefordshire County Council staged the exhibitions in 2004 and 2007, and in both years Matt Biggs provided many of the graphics. Using these he and I developed the websites to the specifications provided by the MoM curator.

To visit the 2007 site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of Museum on the Move 2004 website

Cultural Roots - Museum on the Move: 2004 (MoM)

This site is an interesting contrast to its sibling (above) which was developed 3 years later. In this earlier period there was more funding available: we had space for more information on more pages, and we included simple games to retain the children's interest.

It's also interesting to note that these games were slow and clunky to operate on the web in 2004, but now on modern hardware and modern browsers they are slick and reliable. Despite this, however, I suspect that most children today would be somewhat unimpressed at their lack of sophistication.

To visit the 2004 site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Red Hat Salsa website

Red Hat Salsa (RHS)

RHS provides Caribbean dance classes, discoes and workshops on 4 or 5 nights every week in the Berkshire area, based around Reading.  Dancers are attracted by some of the most well-known salsa teachers from the SE of England.

The original site was designed using Adobe Dreamweaver a number of years ago by RedGreenBlue, and maintained by RHS staff using Adobe Contribute.  When RHS asked for an interactive website with booking and payment facilities Work of Data refactored the site, retaining the RedGreenblue graphics, but using HTML4, CSS, PHP5 and a MySQL5 database.

Now RHS staff complete an event form in the management software and this one form generates:

  • an item on the forth-coming events page, with a link to an individual page giving full details of the event;
  • a page giving full details of the event, including a link to a page giving directions and a map of the event venue;
  • (optionally) an item on the bookings page for making bookings for the event;
  • (optionally as above) details of tickets, costs, and the event ID for use in the bookings database;
  • records of bookings and payments (via Paypal) for the event on the database.

There are also facilities for updating most other pages, and for adding new venues via my content management software.

As with all my content managed sites where there are facilities for entering data, there are also facilities for editing, deleting or activating/deactivating database entries.  Because booking options are often similar from one event to the next there is also a facility for copying event details, but applying them to a different event, to save typing in sets of almost identical data.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Neville Stanikk Photography (NSP)

NSP is based in Barnstaple.  Mr Stanikk’s aim is to take the most “romantic/dramatic picture” that he can.  His work is stunning, and often featured on the covers of magazines such as Devon Life.

NSP’s website was developed by Sorce.co.uk of North Devon.  Work of Data provided a database and management software for

  • uploading photographs, locations and descriptions
  • reducing the photos to various display sizes
  • allocating photos to specific display pages
  • searching the photo library for specific subjects and/or locations, and generating display pages for these topics

To visit the site please click here.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the H20-stormgallery website

H2o-StormGallery

This Artaura/Work of Data site is included to illustrate some of Matt Biggs talents as an artist, illustrator, photographer and web designer.

To visit this site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Artaura Productions website

Artaura Productions

This Artaura/Work of Data product is Matt Biggs’ promotional website for his film projects, albeit somewhat out of date.  It includes his recruitment trailer for the Torrington Tales event.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Digital Postcards website

Digital Postcards

It is unusual for Matt Biggs to make a documentary film, but Digital Postcards is the exception that proves the rule.  This is the promotional website for the film.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

Screen shot of the Shattered Summer website

Shattered Summer

Set in the UK in the year 1940 Shattered Summer is a thriller from the camera and the pen of Matt Biggs, and is a work in progress - as is this promotional website for the film.

To visit the site please click here or on the small image of the screen shot.  (Opens in a separate window)

AKW Medicare (AKWM)

AKWM is a specialist builder’s merchant based in Worcester, supplying mainly shower room and kitchen fittings for disabled people.

Their site was designed by Nineteen to the Dozen Ltd of Dursley, Gloucestershire.  Work of Data provided server-side and database services, including converting their paper catalogue to an online system.  Product details were shown using my CMS software, operating within page skins provided by 19Dozen.

This site has now been superseded.