Having considered this project for about a year now, I believe comprehensive databasing of DtStP for all possible purposes of discussion and planning would consist of about 25 different databases. I would say I’ve made respectable progress on maybe five of them.
I have a pretty good handle on the Buildings Database and Storefront/Vacant Businesses as well as a good start on a Public Art Database. I found an ancient Parking Database that I’ve attempted to update, but right now it’s lumped awkwardly into the buildings database, as is my best shot as a Residential Database.
The DtStP Skyways Project is pretty close to a useful skyway reference, but not in any way that would matter to a casual “Skywalker”, which would be the pending Wayfinding and Access sections of the project. I believe Skyway Access is very doable, but Wayfinding may be a Kobayashi Maru.
I’ve come to realize that a comprehensive DtStP Events Database would be just about the most difficult thing to manage without complete community buy-in (I’ve come across three or four failed attempts, some JUST Lowertown and still a bust), which I don’t believe possible at this time. However, this project will never be complete without it.
I’m still learning about how modern website databases work, but in theory the finished website would be able to curate the database based on a user choosing how to filter the content.
Needless to say, it’s a big project I have in mind, and it’s probably is trying to do too many things. I just figure if I’m going to attempt to build these databases, I might as well try to be as comprehensive as possible. I’m trying to take my time and be thoughtful and not burn myself out on the idea. The idea of keeping such a database updated is much more daunting to me than creating it, and I can only imagine doing so much before having to partner with some kind of organization with financial backing to support it, if I even get that far.
Immediate Action Items:
- Finalize presentation of the work-in-progress databases
- Decide what all the final product needs to include, specifically
- Find a database “expert” or two
- Continue collecting data
Long-Term Action Items:
- Connect front end and back end
- Make database updatable in a user-friendly way
Potential Related Projects?