Design and Implementation of a Data Driven Application Using ColdFusion -- A case study of the Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU joint project. Western Kentucky University Jue Wang. Introduction of the Project.
Design and Implementation of a Data Driven Application Using ColdFusion-- A case study of the Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU joint project
Western Kentucky University
Mammoth Cave National Park contains the world’s longest known cave system and is the most heavily researched and best understood cave system in the world. Each year the park receives numerous requests by researchers and students for resources of the Mammoth Cave system and its related regional karst landscape. In order to provide access to this material, Mammoth Cave National Park Staff and Western Kentucky University Libraries initiated a joint project. They began by reviewing each institution’s holdings related to Mammoth Cave National Park, cataloguing identified materials, and developing a joint Mammoth Cave Web site hosted by Western Kentucky University. At the beginning of this project, the team kept user flexibility and searchability in mind and pursued a data-driven dynamic site instead of a content-driven static site.
The concept of a data driven Web site is not hard to understand, but fully integrating new technology into the design and implementation is a challenge. ColdFusion is a reliable and scalable development platform and is powerful enough to create Web-based application. The dynamic Web site powered by ColdFusion will deliver information in a more accurate and timely manner and the site itself will be far easier to manage and maintain.