Obliquity's Web Design Portfolio

Besides the pages presented at Obliquity, we have been instrumental in designing or maintaining a number of other web sites located all over the world. Our work for these sites follows Obliquity's Seven Rules of Good Web Site Design

If you are interested in having us set up a web site for you, please contact us.

HM Nautical Almanac Office


NAO Data Services Intranet

HM Nautical Almanac Office provides astronomical data to a wide range of customers. Information such as times of sunrise and sunset, visibility of the crescent New Moon and other data is calculated by a suite of Fortran programs. When David began working at the NAO in 1996, these were run via an archaic and confusing control program on a VAX machine. David proposed replacing that with a modern forms-based web interface which would run on an intranet accessible only within the Royal Greenwich Observatory(RGO).

David was asked to implement the intranet and create the CGI software to control it. The result was WebSurf. It is used on a daily basis by members of the NAO and the RGO's Public Information Unit. In 1998, David added password-controlled external access for external users. Following the decision to move the RGO's public information service to the National Maritime Museum (NMM) at Greenwich, this facility has been named as a central part of the NAO's contribution to the NMM's new role.

Online User Survey of "The Astronomical Almanac"

The Astronomical Almanac is the flagship annual publication of HM Nautical Almanac Office and is the definitive source of high-precision data on the Sun, Moon and planets. It is produced jointly by HMNAO and the Nautical Almanac Office of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO).

At a meeting in November 1997 between the two almanac offices, it was agreed to revise The Astronomical Almanac completely, but only after asking the users of the book for their views. David was assigned the task of implementing a web-based user survey.

The structure of the survey parallels the structure of the Almanac itself: it is split into sections corresponding to the sections of the Almanac, and the CGI software (written in Perl) allows the respondent to move freely back and forth between sections. The software remembers and re-displays respondent's previous answers.

We are no longer involved with this site.

QMUL Astronomy Unit


The Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary, University of London, is one of the leading astronomy research centres in the UK. Lynne was taken on as Webmaster at very short notice (two days!) in 1996 when the previous Webmaster moved on to a new position. Since then, she completely redesigned the site. She was responsible for the maintenance of the Unit's web site and the contents of all of its pages. This meant regular updates of personnel rosters and seminar schedules as well as the index to hundreds of astronomy-related external links. Lynne also advised members of the Unit on any web-related issues.

David's CGI skills were put to good use at the Unit's web site. As a special favour to Lynne, he wrote a suite of programs that allow members of the Unit to search the online preprints database as well as submit new papers.

In 2004 she was asked to bring order out of chaos for the web site of the School of Mathematical Sciences. A complete redesign in 2005 disappeared overnight with a hard drive failure and Lynne recreated the site from scratch within a week.

We are no longer involved with this site.

Solar System Dynamics


Lynne helped to design and implement this site, which complements a major new textbook entitled Solar System Dynamics by Professor Carl Murray (QMUL) and Professor Stan Dermott (University of Florida).

The web site provides access to a large collection of resources for readers of the book, including animations and Mathematica® notebooks which illustrate many of the key concepts. Resources are organised by chapter, making it easy for the reader to relate them to the material in the book itself.

We are no longer involved with this site.

EuroPACE 2000


Lynne's position as Astronomy Unit Webmaster was directly responsible for her employment by EuroPACE as the designer of the Topics of Modern Cosmology web site. Although the web site is located in Belgium, the design was undertaken in London. All consultations with the EuroPACE 2000 managers necessarily took place via email. The end result was highly praised by the participants in the course.

We are no longer involved with this site.

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