The NCMNS Metrics Dashboard is an organization metrics visualization platform built to support institutional priorities and communicate performance to staff, key stakeholders, and policy-makers. The primary charting libraries are AmCharts (https://www.amcharts.com/) and d3.js (https://d3js.org/) with data sources provided through a custom RESTful API. The platform itself is built using the MVC Framework, Laravel.
A podcast hosted by Dr. Eric Dorfman, former Director and CEO of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Dr. Dan Dombrowski, the Museum’s Chief Veterinarian. Along with their featured guests, the hosts identify and explore our innate connections to nature through science, art, and living to promote the importance of preserving and protecting our wildlife and wild places to maintain these connections for better health and happiness. The Biophilia Podcast is a production of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
In 2022, the Biophilia Podcast became the Love Nature Podcast with new branding and design. The Love Nature website now occupies the virtual space formerly held by its predecessor.
The Candid Critters Project Management system (CAPS) is a custom web application to support the NC Candid Critters project workflow. CAPS is built using the Laravel MVC Framework with a MYSQL database backend. The web application features a wide array of features that include camera management, reservation and training tracking, site mapping, and custom reports generated on the fly.
The application is modularized to provide support for specific sections of the workflow. This way the application can target and scaled to particular needs providing comprehensive across the entire workflow. These modules with a short description are as follows:
- Volunteers. This module handles the submissions, status, and activities of all project volunteers. The training programs all volunteers must undergo can also be tracked using this module.
- Sites. The geographic distribution and associated metadata of sites are managed through a series of interfaces. Sites belong to one or more types, including proposed camera locations, active data collection sites, and past sites.
- Libraries. Each participating library is given an optional account in the CAPS. This allows them to directly manage their camera inventory, reservation activity, and contact information. If libraries opt-out, then the module seamlessly moves to administrative control.
- Form Submissions. The start of the project workflow beings with a series of custom forms, each for a specific type of volunteer. All form submissions and subsequent routing through the project is managed using this module.
- Web Maps. Closely related to the sites module, the web map module is a centralized management component for all embedded maps and associated resources (e.g. proposed camera sites). The web maps in CAPS contain an array of features including hundreds camera site locations, reverse geocoding, custom map layers, and a feature that allows users to find the nearest library and proposed camera site to their given location.
NC Environmental Restoration Association is a 501c industry group that represents environmental restoration professionals in North Carolina. The website is a ‘single page application'(SPA) where all of the content loads dynamically within a single page request.
A web-based solution for the issuance and tracking of exhibitor authorization to bring live animals to events at the Museum of Natural Sciences. Information stored in the system enables staff to better protect the safety and well-being of visitors by minimizing the impact of emergency or unfortunate event.
The NCMNS Operations Dashboard (formerly the Facilities Ticket and Work Order System) is the multi-purpose, technological swiss army knife for operational support at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The custom-built application features a wide array of features that include facilties support ticket management, incident reporting for visitor services, guard activity logs, and a data distribution system that provides staff access to information such as real-time event schedules.
Often referred to by project name, Aves, the NCSM Online Collections web application is our flagship search and data-sharing platform for the biological, geological, and paleontological collections at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The application is built on Laravel and Vue.js. Bootstrap takes care of the responsive behavior, vivus.js for SVG animations, and jQuery Datatables for the display and interactivity of search results. Several collections include a web map for georeferenced specimens based on Leaflet and custom GeoJSON API endpoints provided by the NCMNS API.
A secure digital asset management system with features including asset capture, automatic metadata extraction, image viewing and editing, custom categorization, and support for a broad range of file types. Assets are shared, searched, and downloaded through a sophisticated web interface and API.
Ecosystem Planning & Restoration is an environmental firm that provides services to support a sustainable environment with a standard, small company, information-driven website.
Designed, built, and deployed from start to finish in only 6 months (a fear that stands apart from all others), the NCMNS website is a multi-purpose and multi-faceted organization site that serves the largest institution of its kind in the southeastern United States. Eight years after it launched in 2015, the website contains more than 1,920 pages with more than 2,500 page views every day and continues to meet the day-to-day needs of staff and the organization.