- 1 UX
- 1.1 Data Schema
- 1.2 User Profiles
- 1.3 Generic Pages
- 1.4 Site Recording Pages
- 1.5 User Security
- 1.6 Admin Screens
ARK, the Archaeological Recording Kit, is a web application for recording, analysing, and publishing archaeology data. ARK provides a very flexible platform akin to a CMS to allow different clients to configure their site to meet their data recording needs. This flexibility applies to the UX and UI as well as the data schema.
ARK1 is largely custom code that is showing its age and hard to customise. ARK2 is a ground-up rewrite to bring ARK into line with modern web technology including a REST API, while also making it easier to configure and maintain. ARK2 will also enable ARK to be offered as a hosted service.
While clients are able to build custom web or app interfaces using whatever technology they prefer, most will choose to use and possibly adapt the default Bootstrap/Twig web interface which needs to be both feature-complete and flexible, albeit at the cost of some efficiency. They are also likely to use variations on the standard 'Site Recording' data schema with 'Sites' or 'Projects' at the top level, as will the hosted ARK-as-a-service, so the default UX should be weighted towards that scenario.
The ARK data schema is configurable using the concept of Modules. A Module can be thought of as an Object in the Object-Oriented model or a Resource in the REST model, with a set of data properties or fields, and relationships to other Modules. This schema is completely configurable by the website admin, but a number of industry-standard configurations are available to use.
The primary use for ARK is recording data in the field, analysing the data in the office, and publishing the data online. It reflects the paper-based field recording systems originally used in Archaeology, being based around Registers and Forms, and is designed to replace paper-based systems to greater or lesser degrees. The UX primarily needs to support this field recording role, but be adaptable to other recording methods.
Description of Single Context Recording model, also Trench-based variation.
- Context - A basic unit of archaeological recording
- Photo - A photo that can be liked to the objects seen in the Photo, such as Context, Timber, Find, etc.
- Field Operative
- Field Supervisor
- Office Operative
- Office Supervisor
- Site Admin
- System Admin
Landing page for a Website. If private ARK then usually login page. If public ARK then usually some project brochure-ware and links to browse site if anonymous access enabled.
Landing page for user after logging in, usually some kind of dashboard, but may be User Profile page.
- List Items by Module
- View modes: Text, Table, Thumbnails
- Filter Items by properties in view
- Select properties to view
- Integrate Advanced Search? (see below)
Item View / Edit
- View item details
- Edit Item details
- Subforms (think Drupal Blocks)
- Item navigation
- Display advanced search results?
- Spatial Search
Version of Collection View with more advanced search tools, possibly same page with mode switch or hidden panel?
- Cross-module search
- Set based queries
- By Module / Type
- By Property
- By Actor / Action / Event
- By Period
- By Spatial
- Free Text
- Save Search Definition
- Choose from saved Search definitions
Site Recording Pages
Short-form add new Item.
Dashboard for a Site/Project
ARK2 will provide a very flexible User Security system using an RBAC model. Website admins will have a choice of registration and authentication options and the UX/UI should adapt to these as configured.
- Optional Captcha
- Optional OAuth2 (Facebook, Google, etc)
- Request password reset
- Personal details
- Contact details
- Security details
See Admin Screens. UX required is primarily layout and flow, plus User Admin, Translation and Vocabulary pages.