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Urban Rural - built on heritage

Submitted by Colin Broderick last modified Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:26:28 GMT.

URL: http://urbanrural.herokuapp.com


Overview

According to the Draft Fingal Heritage Plan 2011 - 2017, heritage is one of the key attractions for tourists visiting Ireland. Fingal has a rich natural and built heritage dating from as early as the first Norman settlers in Ireland. The heritage plan contains objectives to promote awareness of this rich heritage among both the population of the county and tourists alike. This web application is a response to those objectives.

“There’s a lot of built heritage out there. We want to help you find the bits local to you.”

This web application is intended to raise the awareness of the local built heritage located throughout the county of Fingal by allowing members of the public to find protected structures within a their local area.


The objectives of the application are very simple and are as follows:
  1. Help promote the built heritage of Fingal.
  2. Help improve peoples understanding of protected structures.
  3. Create a website that will easily scale to mobile devices.
  4. Enter the application as part of the #apps4fingal competition.


Home Page
On the home page all protected structures in the county are displayed, these are clustered at low zoom levels to show relative concentrations of structures in particular areas while also providing places of interest to explore. A user can also search for the structures within five kilometers of an entered location, for example from where they live.

The search function will query the database and find all structures within 5km of the given address, which has been geocoded using the Google Places API.

A user can click on a marker on the map in order to see some basic information about a particular structure along with a link to the individual record page. A user may also link to the details page by clicking the link in the scrolling list under the search box.

Details Page / Individual Record Page
You will be presented with the basic information known for each structure which is contained within the record of protected structures. If the record also has a reference number for either the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH)  or Record of Protected Monuments (RPM) databases, further information will be available in the tabs. If the NIAH reference is present the web image which pertains to that record will also be shown and, if not a google street-view static image will be shown at the closest location available.

Below the main area close-by structures are listed and displayed on a map in order to promote further exploration of the surrounding protected structures.

The information from the NIAH record if present is shown in the Architecture tab. This includes information such as the type of structure and a short composition.

Future Features
It is intended that users will be able to add pictures and reports of any protected structure on the RPS.
To display the current search location as a different colour marker along with a radius circle to show the radius distance of the search area.

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