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Press release

28 June 2005



CDP builds highly accessible, interactive, educational website for the

London Wild Web


GLA geo-spatial nature site developed by CDP supports

Mayor of London’s Biodiversity Strategy


The Greater London Authority (GLA) has selected Creative Database Projects (CDP) to develop a public facing website documenting nature sites across London. Known as the London Wild Web, the site (http://wildweb.london.gov.uk/) gives details of over 100 sites listing the type of environment and the kinds of plants and wild life that may be seen. The site also gives detailed directions with maps and aerial photos. Style sheets have been used in the development of the project rather than tables so that the site may be easily accessed by a wide range of browsers including text-only browsers and speech readers.

The site forms part of the Mayor of London’s Biodiversity Strategy to promote and preserve London’s natural habitats. Before the London Wild Web was developed there were already a number of organisations and initiatives looking after London’s open spaces but details were held in disparate systems throughout the London Boroughs. The new system will help to co-ordinate efforts to protect the natural habitat, whilst giving the general public access to information. Users of the new site can search by postcode or district, by type of habitat and by borough, or they can look up a specific site by name.

CDP won the contract following a competitive process in response to a requirement specification for a richly designed, interactive, easy to use, inclusive and educational web based application from the GLA Environment Team and Technology Group. An additional challenge was the tight timescales set for the project. CDP met these deadlines and the London Wild Web went live as planned in June.


Duminda Baddevithana, Project Manager for the London Wild Web from the GLA’s Technology Group commented, “The project team worked very well during our time together and CDP has produced an application of a high standard. We look forward to the website attracting a large audience across London and beyond.”

The design of the website, which features many illustrations of plants and creatures native to the London area, was produced by Navig8.

David Gardner, Managing Director of CDP said, “The London Wild Web is another exciting project demonstrating CDP’s skills in developing sophisticated geo-spatial applications. This site has been designed specifically for use by the general public so, together with our design partners Navig8, we have ensured that it is intuitive and easy for people to use without any training. We are delighted to be involved with such a high profile project, the appeal of this kind of educational website is universal and we are looking forward to many more such projects.”


Drew Corps, Creative Director at Navig8 commented, “Navig8 was responsible for the overarching brand and the design of the look and feel of the website. Working in partnership with CDP we were able to provide a seamless service to the GLA and deliver a powerful yet easy to use website that looks exciting.”


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Notes to Editors

About Navig8
Navig8 is a multi-disciplined design group, which operates under a few simple principles: Creativity, Quality, Speed, Value, Understanding

Services include:

• Graphic Design

• Corporate Identity

• Marketing

• Direct Mail

• Print and Production Management

• Website design and management

• Exhibition design

Design, build and supply of display systems. Pop-ups, Quick Screens



For further information visit: www.navig8.co.uk


About CDP

Founded in 1994, Creative Database Projects (CDP) provides end-to-end IT solutions, software development services and ICT consultancy. Focusing on the design, construction and system integration of complex bespoke applications CDP has delivered specialist systems across a broad spectrum of business sectors. These range from life-critical applications for pharmaceutical companies to geographic information systems (GIS) for the public sector.

CDP focuses on:

GIS and spatial solutions
Web based application design and construction
Specialist database design and development
Bespoke software development using Oracle, Microsoft and Sun
Mobile and wireless applications using JAVA/Oracle or .NET/SQL server

CDP is an expert in the use of spatial data and has developed specific GIS applications for planning departments in both central and local government and for the construction industry.


High profile customers include the Greater London Authority, Time Warner, GlaxoSmithKline, LB Hammersmith & Fulham, British Tourist Authority, Anthony Nolan Trust, the Met Office, and Williams F1.


For further information please visit: www.cdproj.com or contact:

Editor’s Contacts

David Gardner
CEO
Creative Database Projects Ltd
Tel: 020 8600 2605
Email: david_gardner@cdproj.com

Drew Corps
Creative Director
Navig8
Tel: 020 7813 0373
Email: drew@navig8.co.uk

Andreina West
PR Artistry Ltd
Tel: 01491 636191
email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk




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