What do I do? Clean data (constant struggle, boring but necessary to make search engine work) Keep system running, fix overnight errors, monitor logs Write new code Streamline and rewrite old code (daily) as my skills are better now The technology has to stay up-to-date for security Fix your errors (performed ½ million edits since September) Answer queries for the public, researchers I only have limited time to create code, test it and deploy it. Lecture and write talks on technology etc. Perform roles of: Server admin, database admin, front end developer, back end developer, software tester, web monkey.
How code generatedDeveloped on pc at work and If code works on You get to play with itOSX at home, then tested locally beta.finds.org.uk thenbefore pushing to deployed to finds.org.uk. Ifbeta.finds.org.uk not, sent back to my desktop
Code all placed on GitHub All custom code, using Zend Framework
Unique visitors 2006 165,118Volume of visitors has grown 3 fold since 2006. Same budget, different technology.
If you’re using IE, I am sorry I cannot support old versions
Configuration for self recorders If you have not seen this go to: Database > People > Search person > Edit. When they log in, they see screen below. Instead of bugging me, ask your finder if they can see the lines in bold. If not, then just add them again. You don’t need me to intervene.
Search engineIf you don’t understand it, trytopics here:http://finds.org.uk/help/databaseor ask!
Similar recordsCompiled on the fly, using 3 matches against a whole list of fields.
Copy last record I was told this was a big problem! Only 9 of you have used the finds function Only 4 of you have used the find spots function Only 5 of you have used the coins function If you don’t know where to configure this: http://finds.org.uk/users/configuration
Configure image copyright If you don’t know where to configure this: http://finds.org.uk/users/account/edit
Audited tables Finds Find spots People Publications User accounts Organisations Static content I would like to make these public, like Wikipedia, but I can’t due to some of the data added. These audit tables are only available to FA, Flos, Treasure, Admin and are found at the bottom of a record.
Shared calendar Was this really needed? Only 3 people have used it to add events Averages only 2 page views per day If you can’t find it: http://finds.org.uk/use rs/calendar/
Database csv downloads Compiled nightly Stored on Amazon Bypass download limits from search If you can’t find it: http://finds.org.uk/database/data
Lego error pages(to make them less scary) Errors trigger email and logging
Numismatic updates 522 coin types added for the medieval periods 23 new rulers This is an extremely complex task with 6 different tables involved; cross referencing of each for denomination, type, period etc. Foreign rulers aren’t my job to create Jettons/tokens: I’ll do when I have time, there’s substantial code rewrites to do first.
QR code – why, how, what? Bar code Print this off (click on qrcode at page foot) Attach to record sheet Scan with reader on smartphone Takes you to record Give it a go if you have the technology
Think! Do you really need to use known as? Prevents people parish searching. Majority of Suffolk cannot be searched by parish. Produces too many records with low res data eg: We’d all prefer this:
Errors and bugs Too many emails saying “doesn’t work”, it is as useful as saying I have a headache. What am I meant to do with that? You all have different OS/ IS policies/ local network issues Send me a screenshot and detailed descriptions of your problem so I can try and help
Handling bugs Might take 5 minutes Might take a week I cannot predict how long it will take Telling me to fix it right this second is not going to make it happen
Common problems Low resolution images Poorly edited images Forgetting to change image labels when you change object identification Not filling in all the geo data fields Entering denomination in the classification field Not following the FA guidelines
Problems that will not go away Validation of records Records on review Records in quarantine Enhancement of rubbish records Correction of geo data People moving on and leaving the new person unfinished work Medieval coin data enhancement Quality vs Quantity (the former is now imperative IMHO) Unfinished Treasure records Time Team