The new Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum website, www.obga.ox.ac.uk, has launched on the Oxford Mosaic web platform. The engaging new site provides information on how to explore the gardens, including guides to what’s in season, and events for all the family. It also provides a door for the scientific community to access the range of unique collections centring on the themes: Taxonomy and Evolution, Heritage and Landscape, Conservation and Biodiversity, and Plants and People.
Mosaic is a web publishing solution that provides an easy-to-use interface for creating attractive, responsive websites and is centrally maintained and fully supported. The Botanic Garden’s brief required high quality design and functionality to showcase the visual aspect of the gardens and engage the public in its calendar of events.
Georgina Brooke, Project Lead and Web Content Manager at the Botanic Garden commented on her experience:
“The new Botanic Garden site is great case study for the benefits of Mosaic. The team at the Gardens needed to very quickly move platforms, and we were able to migrate to Mosaic quickly and easily – not something that would have been possible using a new technology and external provider. The Gardens team have been very happy with the new site and are enjoying lots of school visits bookings through it. The Garden and Arboretum have a new Digital Content Editor starting next week, who is a digital marketing and Adobe suite whizz, so this is only the beginning I’m sure of what the gardens can achieve with Mosaic.”
The website is part of the Gardens, Libraries & Museums (GLAM) division that comprise the four University museums, the Bodleian Libraries and the Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum. The Ashmolean Museum became the first department within GLAM to create a website on the Mosaic platform, launching a brand new Ashmolean Museum website, www.ashmolean.org, on 27 September.
The Botanic Garden was an early adopter of Mosaic and built their last site on the pilot platform which was built to prove the demand for a larger service. As the pilot platform is currently scheduled for decommissioning, getting the website onto the main service platform was a priority for both the GLAM and Mosaic teams. The build went smoothly and the team saw the benefits of the previous Ashmolean project bear fruit as only minor changes had to be applied in order to optimise the design of the site. The project has been a great testament to the reusability of a central platform, allowing high quality websites to be created at a low cost.