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    The New UKDFD - A Sneak Preview

    The configuration of our new database software is now well under way, and we are able to share a few screenshots to give everyone an impression of what it will look like.

    Fig. 1 shows the upper part of the home page.This is the area from which many different forms of search will be available. It also includes dynamic images of recent records, a map of the database for browsing any category or sub-category, a tag-cloud, and a slide show of finds of special significance, as well as several other features.

    Fig. 2 shows an individual record view. You will see that multiple images of an object are possible, each of which can be viewed either full size by clicking the applicable thumbnail, or enlarged by clicking the 'View Larger' button. The record may be printed out directly by clicking the printer icon above, or saved as a pdf file via the link below.

    Fig. 3. The button to the left of the printer icon allows users to save the record for comparison with others, a very useful facility if you are conducting research. Fig. 3 shows a list of records saved in this way, which can be viewed together on a separate page and added to or discarded, as appropriate.

    Fig. 4 shows a map view. Recorders will be able to place a pin on the map to show their findspot. It may no longer be necessary to record 'findspot', 'parish' or even 'county', but we will ensure that the same degree of confidentiality is maintained.

    These are just a few of the enhancements associated with the new software, and details might change before release.

    As existing users will know from internal posts, it will not be possible for anyone to register with the UKDFD until the new software is launched (which is still some way off). The registration arrangements will change significantly when the new software comes online, and will be handled via the database software rather than the forum. As previously indicated, anyone who has lost out as a result of subscribing before or during the 'recording shutdown' will be credited accordingly.

    As regular visitors may have noticed, the amount we receive from subscriptions falls well below the running costs of the scheme, as indicated by our annual target figure. We have, therefore, had to consider how best to address this shortfall (even greater now with the new software costs!). We have decided that the fairest way to do this is to require a modest contribution from all who register, rather than only from those who record. This will be a standard figure for everyone, with credits available for purchase by those who also wish to record. The new database facilities will only be available to registered members, although it will be possible for anyone to look at individual records.

    Existing registered users will be given a month's notice during which they can use the new facilities and decide whether or not to subscribe and become members.

    Further information will be made available in due course.
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    Last edited by Rod; 18-11-2017 at 05:32 PM.
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