For the current version of our online teaching collection, a lot of information for the site was captured and stored in various different servers and cloud storage, depending on the type of information and availability of storage space. In order to expand the collection and capture the information and annotations for each of the new specimens that are going to be on the site, we need an updated content management system. Part of the project is designing that "backend" system in a way that is usable by our entomology and imaging team, and ensuring that the information is captured and stored in a way that will allow us to try out different ideas on the "frontend" (the site that our visitors and users actually see!)
In order to do this, we first revisited the original information capture system, which used a set of three google forms as well as a prototype annotation tool for the annotations that you see when you click on the actual zoomable specimen images on www.macroinvertebrates.org.
Click through the gallery below to learn more about our early content management system, and keep reading to hear about how we're designing the new one.
An interdisciplinary team