We have been working with Prof. Elizabeth Ewan of the Department of History at the University of Guelph for approximately 8 years to build the WISH database. 2016 saw a major relaunch as we integrated WISH into a WordPress CMS front end, to allow much more power over the content that accompanies, a fresh graphic design, and improved usuability of the database as a whole.

The WISH website provides a location for materials on the history of Scottish women. It includes primary documents, a searchable bibliography of primary and secondary books and articles, a list of researchers in the field, and brief biographies of women not included in The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women(Edinburgh University Press, 2006)

Objective:

Originally convert a legacy database built using Access and Coldfusion to PHP/MySQL. Add additional features and enable intuitive and simple search facility.

In 2016 we undertook a major upgrade to integrate the existing database with a WordPress CMS front end.

Technologies:

PHP, MySQL, CSS3, HTML5, AJAX

Result:

The WISH website has been running successfully for approx 8 years (as of 2016) and is a widely respected resource in the field of Scottish history.