Many a day I find myself using the MDAH Historic Resources Inventory Database. If you’re not familiar with this amazing database of Mississippi’s historic places, I urge you to check out this previous post that will fill you in on exactly what the MDAH HRI is. The site is addicting to explore, and it is now hard to imagine how different the process was for looking up information about Mississippi’s buildings before the advent of this online database.
So this past weekend as I accessed the database’s website from a smart phone I noticed that I was automatically directed to a new mobile friendly site. While I had heard rumblings that a mobile site was in the works, I was a caught a bit off guard because the header of the site is labeled HSMT. What is HSMT? It took me a day before I figured out that this refers to “Historic Site Management Tool.”
From the mobile friendly site you are given nearly the same search options as the full site. These are: Properties, MS Landmarks, NR Listings, Local Designations, Artisans, Subscriber Services, About. The one option not available on the mobile site is the interesting Map feature. As the full site itself is minimalist in its formatting, I had never had any issues operating the full site on a phone or tablet, so I am not finding a mobile site to be that necessary. Perhaps I am just accustomed to the full site, but I found the mobile site to be clunky, and a bit confusing. Text that looked to be a button or linked, was not, and vice-versa. Hopefully this is just a beta test site of a yet-to-come mobile site. Take the site for a spin on a mobile device. Test the mobile site out for yourself, and share your thoughts and impressions in the comment section below.