We said our Hello World back on March 8th and we've now passed a full week of being live and open for user account registration. At time of writing, our analytics platform tells us 2400 people have notched up 27,000 page views covering articles, database listings and forum threads in this time, a big thank you to all.
Until now we've assumed the project database is intuitive enough for people to understand how to use it, however I thought I'd whip up a small guide just in case we were wrong!
One of the core features of Urban Melbourne that we're very proud of is the Project Database. Essentially it is an independent list of urban projects which fit our urban vs. suburban criteria.
All projects are categorised by the Local Government Area (LGA) they are located in, with the exception of the City of Melbourne LGA which is broken down further (CBD East End, CBD West End, Southbank, Docklands, St. Kilda Road etc) owing to the volume of projects in these specific areas.
Where previously on the SkyscraperCity forums (if you're one of those who've been active with us in the past) you had to sort through thread upon thread to find a project, we've deliberately and entirely separated raw data out from the discussion threads.
The search form can be filtered by several levels - select one or many. Once you've made your selection in any of the fields (detail below on what each option is) click the Submit Search and you'll be redirected to a Search Results page. Hit the clear form to reset the whole search form.
The bare bones search functionality we have provided from day one:
Unlike articles on Urban Melbourne, there are no direct comment threads per project: this is deliberate as a project's lifecycle can span years and managing long discussion threads is easier to manage in a forum format. Where a project is relatively small, we have grouped them on a Suburb basis in the forum, otherwise there is a 1 to 1 relationship between a single project database entry and a Projects & Construction forum thread.
Another way to search for a project, is to look at the Architect, Developer or Builder taxonomies which we have exposed for full view in "glossary" form if you're interested in browsing, rather than searching for a specific Project. We list all the Architects, Developers and Builders we have in our system and you can then "search for term" which can then show you a page of any projects which match those tags.
The project map will expand - in volume of projects (at time of writing, we have published 200 individual projects with approximately another 100 to come) and in terms of extra functionality like searchability in within an LGA/Suburb - and no doubt become the most useful tool to Urban Melbourne's audience.;
The concept is simple: just plot all the projects in our database in a map so everyone can witness the sheer number of metropolitan-wide projects which are going to make their mark on the city - we believe we are ahead of the curve with providing such information and this is the way we believe we are going to enhance community and urban development industry interaction for the benefit of a future Urban Melbourne.
We're developing a technical roadmap and we want your input! Post a question/comment below or start a thread in the Forum Issues sub-forum.