Regular users of our website will realise that our website has been completely redeveloped, thanks to the support of English Heritage and the technical expertise of the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College. The new website became available in early 2014. The changes not only solved the problems we had with 'missing' site reports from a technical glitch, but vastly improved our search capacity, giving users many more ways to find what they need. The update also made it easier for us to add site reports and photographs, so that the website can develop more quickly. We hope you have found these changes helpful.
What has been achieved? A new IT system has automated the archival process, lowering costs and securing the archival future of the project. The new database resolves many IT conflicts that slowed publication and made many site reports 'hidden' in the old website's search functions. It allows a dynamic management of the project and forecasting of areas that still need fieldwork. This superb database also works directly with the new website, allowing the team to publish new site report instantly once checked by our expert editors. The developments will transform the back-end work done by the project team and allow rapid progress toward completion.
None of these improvements is obvious to the public. However, the new website is the icing on the cake to all this improvement and will make a very public difference. This new website design updates all the functionality to the current standard and a more user-friendly layout. The website leads the way in managing complex faceted searches and the ability to use the CRSBI as your own research space in MyCRSBI. Users are able to save searches, tag sites and images, and save comments: all in their own private password-protected research space. The map-based searches follow developments engineered for house-search websites, and all results of searches now also show additional sites nearby on a map automatically. CRSBI are very grateful to English Heritage for a grant covering the complete cost of the redevelopment.
The website is designed to be an easy-to-use, but dynamic and responsive, way to access all of the CRSBI database for all types of viewers. And it continues to be free for all.