This project has been designed with longevity in mind. In the digital world, things move fast and when selecting which technologies to use, it is necessary to balance innovation with durability. Even during the lifetime of our project one of the tools we were using, Storify, announced its closure, which illustrates the precariousness of digital projects.
A condition of the funding for this project is that the website will be live for at least five years. With that in mind, we have used a number of tools, both proprietary and open source, to create our visualisations.
To ensure that our work endures beyond this period, we have developed a preservation strategy, and all new research created by the project will be preserved according to best practice guidelines and stored within the Digital Repository of Ireland.
This website has been developed to showcase the research conducted by the Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal cultures team. It was created in WordPress, an established content management tool, which is easy to update.
We selected WordPress’s own twentyseventeen theme which is fully responsive on all digital interfaces, and required minimal adaptation. We have kept plug-ins to a minimum so that the site will remain as stable as possible once the project has been completed.
The website has a traditional menu layout, but the interwoven nature of our research is reflected in the site content which uses hyperlinks to connect common ideas across themes. We have used breadcrumbs to help users navigate the content.
The website is hosted by HEAnet.
As well as developing online content, we have developed a range of visualisations. The project strategy was to employ multiple technologies rather than focus on one, since digital technology is continuously evolving.
ESRI’s Story Maps are created using their proprietary software. At the time of writing, ESRI are the market leader in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software. We created the ‘West Cork Travellers’ Accounts‘ using their Story Maps.