With funding from NCPTT’s 2012 grants program and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Cultural Landscape Foundation has optimized the Web-based What’s Out There for smart phones and similar hand held devices. What’s Out There, also funded though the NCPTT’s grants program and the Driehaus Foundation (2009), is the most comprehensive searchable database of the nation’s publicly accessible designed landscapes. The database spans more than two centuries of American landscape design and is searchable by landscape name, location, designer, type, and style. The database includes 1300 site entries (with more continually added), 9000 images, landscape descriptions, and relevant links.
Enhancements for hand held devices supported by the 2012 NCPTT grant include larger text and photos, maps, and page scrolling. The most significant new feature, What’s Nearby, allows GPS enabled devices to identify What’s Out There sites up to a 25-mile radius from any given location. The What’s Nearby function will allow travelers to discover and visit sites they may not have known about otherwise.