About this site

The Transits of Venus project was conceived as an initiative of the Scientific Instrument Commission of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. The initial idea was developed by a working group of Dr Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford), Dr Sara Schechner (Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University) and Steven Turner (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington).

The website was constructed as a joint project between two departments of the University of Oxford: the Oxford University Computing Services' Academic Computing Development Team (ACDT) and the Museum of the History of Science (MHS).

The project was managed by Sophie Clarke (ACDT), the site was designed and built by Joseph Talbot (ACDT). Content (excluding individual object entries) and academic guidance was provided by Stephen Johnston (MHS).

Technical information

The site was produced using PHP pages interfacing with a MySQL database. Image Magick is used for the image conversion. The pages are intended to be as accessible as possible, making extensive use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for layout. Contributors are able to upload images and create records through an online contributor interface.