DIGITIZATION, RESEARCH TOOL, AND EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE: THE VIRTUAL SILURIAN REEF, A MODEL FOR STREAMLINE WEB DEVELOPMENT USING A DATABASE
The second goal is to revise and update the Virtual Silurian Reef (VSR) website. The VSR is an educational outreach website designed for middle school students and teachers. It explains the significance of these fossil reefs that were the largest biological structures and the richest biodiversity communities the world had produced up until this time. It uses these fossils as a tool to introduce concepts of evolution, plate tectonics, environmental change, and measuring biodiversity through time.
The Virtual Silurian Reef website has been redesigned with all the data stored in the EMu collections management software, and the previous websites structure has been mapped to EMu’s Narratives Module. The webpages are generated from the database using the IMu EMu API. This simplifies the process of web development. The IMu API connects a field in EMu to a location on a web page allowing any update in EMu to be publish directly to the website. From the data entry to final website product, this approach can help save time and effort while making collections and research more accessible to the public.