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This is page lists all the sites I have helped produce since I hosted my first site on the now discontinued Geocities in 1998..
Some of these sites have since gone on to win awards for clarity and quality of information as well as for best interactive website.
Nearly all of them have been produced through my work at Minervation. Up until late 2010 the sites were produced using Minervation's in-house CMS: Phaedrus. Since then we switched to using Wordpress more and more. I left Minervation in late 2012, so this list more or less stops there.
In early 2004 I joined Minervation and from that moment onwards I have been involved in a steady stream of mainly charity and health care based websites. They are all documented here.
Most sites launched in 2004 were still running out of MS Access and were copy, paste, search and replace jobs. Obviously this was not scalable so we started work on our own in-house CMS which would, eventually, power all new websites up to 2011.
There are a number of sites that I maintain at Minervation that predate me working at there. So whilst I have not been involved in the initial development of these sites, I do maintain them, although they largely "run themselves". These were (Links have been removed, as they no longer work):
WHO Guide to Mental and Neurological Health in Primary Care
Mental Health Primary Care in Prison
Cancer Specialist Library and its eCommunity
Web based investment banking applications
I spent three years developing large n-tier web based applications whilst working for Dealogic. No other links, as this is all internal client work.
After becoming more interested in web standards and registering my own domain name, I recreated my geocities site as an indepedently hosted site with it's own domain name. I added lots more travel content, but the old content remained the same. Standards wise it's not something I am proud of, but not bad for 2001.
In my very first job after University, at Vega GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany, I worked on an astronaut training database for the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. This was a browser based application that was used to train astronauts how to use various instruments that they would be using on the International Space Station. It was great fun, included lots media, videos and interactivity and was quite an advanced web application for the late 90s.
Personal Geocities Site.
Now defunct frames based web site about my interests: Football and Formula One. No standards awareness whatsoever, but it did include a short lived attempt at what we now call blogging. Remnants of which can be found at the above URL.
The National Elf Service is an information product from Minervation which aims to make evidence based information on a number of topics easy to find and understand.
My involvement in this project stopped in mid 2012 but I did have some early involvement in the technical design in the various blogs and the network as a whole. I love the design of the elves and of the sites and network overall. Well done to all involved.
They now have a number of elves covering different topics:
Minervation have now launched the redesigned Patient Information Forum website. It has been moved to Wordpress and given a very nice facelift. As I no longer work for Minervation my involvement was limited to the initial recommendations as to plugins and so on.
Well done to the team at Minervation and congratulations to PiF on their new website. Why not join PiF to keep up-to-date on the latest developments in patient information?
Minervation have just launched a new, WordPress based, website for the ACTA Community Theatre in Bristol. Whilst I no longer work for Minervation and didn't finish this website, I did help in laying the ground work for it and specifically sorting out the various homepage streams.
I really like this site, as it is heavily image based and does a wonderful job of presenting the theatre's work. Why not have a look and books a ticket to view an event?
The second edition of the Testing Treatments site is now online. It is an international edition with translations of the site into several different languages in progress. It includes intelligent cross-linking between the various languages.
We developed the site in WordPress. Initially we went with the multisite version of WordPress. However the DISQUS commenting plugin had issues with keeping comments separated properly between the various language sites. So we extracted the main site and will now be managing the various language sites as individual WordPress installations.
I am very happy with the outcome of this site. I hope the content can be translated into as many languages as possible as it is very informative.
In July 2012 Minervation launched the Informed Choice about Cancer Screening for the King’s Health Partners. This website concerns the review to develop a new approach to present information on the benefits and harms of cancer screening for the public, patients and health professionals in a balanced and even-handed way, which is conducted on behalf of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes.
The design was done by Design By Day and implemented in Wordpress by Minervation. It includes a user survey to let people voice their opinions about the review.
In June 2012 Minervation launched the redesigned CEBD site. This included a complete makeover as well moving the content into Wordpress. My involvement, as with many of our more straightforward Wordpress sites was minimal. Wordpress just makes it so easy to create websites with little technical know-how.
As part of the general move to Wordpress at Minervation, we re-developed the Minervation site in Wordpress. Almost all of this work was done without me, except for the task of integrating Mienrvation's .Net based LIDA tool into the website.
The healthyliving award rewards caterers in Scotland for dishing up healthier food and helping their customers make better food choices. Minervation redesigned this website and developed a members area to enable award holders to get online access to information specific to their award. Whilst most new Minervation sites are being developed in Wordpress, this one still uses Minervation's in-house CMS "Phaedrus".
This was a straigtforward Wordpress website for NSUHR: An international Network to Support Understanding of Health Research. As with many of our recent, smaller, Wordpress my input was limited to technical assistance during setup and launch.
Maggie's has taken over the management of this valueable resource. The site has come a long from it's initial launch as the Oxford Cancer Information website. It continues to provide high quality and up-to-date links on Cancer information both locally and nationally.
A straightforward Wordpress website aiming to "improve research quality in surgery, radiotherapy, physiotherapy and other areas of complex intervention". To be honest I didn't have much involvement in this one, other than configuring the webserver to host the site.
This is a set of interlinked multilingual Wordpress powered websites created to promote the 2nd edition of the book "Testing Treatments", which is possibly the clearest book about Evidence Based Medicine available (or so I am told, as I am not an EBM expert). However, the fact that the first edition was translated into several languages is certainly noteworthy.
The website itself has currently been translated into German and Turkish, with more translations planned for the Testing Treatments Interactive site that is currently in development. This site, to be powered by Wordpress Multisite, will contain the complete second edition of the book with intelligent cross-linking between the various languages.
The National Elf Service is a network of health related Wordpress blogs setup and managed by Minervation. So far there four blogs as part of the network:
Learning Disabilities Elf
The idea is to provide evidence updates on a number of health topics in a straightforward and usable manner. More blogs are planned and if anyone suitably qualified wishes to contribute a new health topic to the blog network, they should contact Minervation.
The Vitamin D Council is a US charity promoting the health benefits of Vitamin D as well as the consequences of being Vitamin D deficient. It is Minervation's highest traffic website and required the development of a caching system to ensure it could be hosted efficiently. It also makes extensive use of the news section, image manager and the taxonomy module for the Health Conditions section.
The website also includes a frequent and free newsletter as well as a largely members only Wordpress blog for discussing all things Vitamin D. The site was launched in May 2011, with the members blog going live about 3 months later.
In June 2011 Minervation launched a new website for Oxford University Business Economics Programme (OUBEP). This is another reasonably simply brochure, making good use the image manager functionality. Later in the year a private blog for alumni of the programme was added to the site.