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29 03, 2018

Everything Dinosaur Working Towards GDPR Compliance

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Everything Dinosaur and GDPR

The deadline for compliance with regards to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching.  GDPR is the European Union’s (EU) binding legislation for the protection of personal data.  The regulation will come into effect on May 25th, 2018 and Everything Dinosaur team members are making sure that we will be compliant by the due date.  Our plans are well advanced, having started our journey towards meeting these new requirements back in the autumn of last year.  We have also had a bit of a head start compared to many other organisations as Everything Dinosaur is already registered under the UK Data Protection Act.  We have always put our customers front and centre when it comes to our organisation and designing our business policies, this includes providing assurance and protection for data subjects, to use the vernacular, or as we say at Everything Dinosaur – people.

Sorting Out Consents to Meet GDPR Standards

Teaching and dinosaur workshop feedback form (GDPR).

Teaching feedback form with informed, specific and unambiguous consent.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The first tangible changes have been prepared and embedded into our working practices.  Soon all the websites will be amended, but it is not just digital information that comes under this new regulation, good old-fashioned paperwork is covered too.

Take for example, our dinosaur workshop feedback form (see above), it has been changed to provide a positive, affirmative opt-in and it requests for consent in a specific and unambiguous way.  Under GDPR, permission for use of personal data such as identifiers like an email address or name has to be consented to.  This consent must be freely given, hence the changes to our feedback form.

 A Positive Opt-in Consent for Use of Data

Teaching Feedback Form (2018).

Teaching feedback form with specific, informed and unambiguous consent.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The new feedback form explains how this data will be used by Everything Dinosaur.

The regulation will be in effect on the 25th May 2018 and it has been designed to deal with the inconsistencies within the current data protection laws that exist throughout the European Union.   GDPR aims to facilitate the secure, free-flow of data and provide enhanced protection for data subjects (individuals whose data is managed, processed, handled and stored).  It is very likely that the UK will enshrine the GDPR regulation into its own legislation.  Schools and other institutions will also have to ensure compliance, we suspect that many organisations will be working extremely hard to try and meet the May 25th deadline.

29 03, 2018

Talented South African Model Makers

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Prehistoric Dioramas Showcased in the South African Sun

Brothers Luke and Raef have their very own customised, unique prehistoric landscapes for their dinosaur models to explore thanks to a hard-working and dedicated father.  A few weeks ago, Everything Dinosaur was sent in some pictures of a second dinosaur diorama that had been built by dad Paul at their home in South Africa.  The two prehistoric landscapes, complete with replica volcano, a cave inhabited by early hominins and a marine seascape, look fantastic side by side in the family’s garden.  It helps to live in a hot country when it comes to showcasing your model making skills outdoors.

The Prehistoric Landscapes in the Garden

Two stunning dinosaur dioramas.

The two dinosaur dioramas side by side (latest landscape is on the left).

Picture Credit: P. M.

Many Hours of Hard Work

Fans of building dioramas and model scenes will know just how many hours of hard work have gone into building these prehistoric landscapes.  The second project was started over the Christmas holidays and the material chosen to provide the contours and that steep cliff leading to the water feature was fibreglass, which can be tricky to work with, but the end results speak for themselves.

The Second Prehistoric Landscape was Started in Late December

Dinosaur diorama, work in progress.

Work in progress on the dinosaur diorama.

Picture Credit: P. M.

Over the years, we have featured several examples of prehistoric landscapes and dioramas, we are always impressed and amazed by the ingenuity shown by the talented model makers.  Young Raef’s landscape includes a cleverly constructed marine environment, just the sort of place needed for your sea monsters and other figures to hang out.

A CollectA Deluxe Kronosaurus Has Grabbed an Unfortunate CollectA Dolichorhynchops

Kronosaurus attacks Dolichorhynchops.

Kronosaurus makes a meal of Dolichorhynchops.

Picture Credit: P.M.

A Team Effort

The whole family was involved in this enterprise, all helping to create the landscape, paint the scenery, sort out the planting of the prehistoric vegetation, seaweeds and corals (see above) and to create some of the amazing special effects such as wires for the pterosaur models to be suspended from.

Painting the Prehistoric Landscape – Dealing with the Details

Prehistoric landscape painting.

Painting the prehistoric landscape.

Picture Credit: P.M.

Commenting on the success of the projects, dad Paul stated:

“We completed the second landscape over Christmas, I never want to work with fibreglass again, but all is well that ends well.  The kids were heavily involved in modelling and painting the landscape.  They are very pleased with it and therefore so am I!”

Customers of Everything Dinosaur for several years, the family have slowly and surely built up a collection of prehistoric animals, including some rare figures, to populate their landscapes.

A Maiasaura and Hatchlings Very Much at Home in the Dinosaur Diorama

Maiasaura mother and nest.

A Maiasaura mother and nest in the diorama landscape.

Picture Credit: P. M.

The photograph (above) highlights the attention to detail in the dinosaur dioramas, what a rich and varied planting scheme.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“What an impressive pair of dioramas!  It has taken some skill and technical ability to construct such beautiful prehistoric landscapes.  Each diorama has some amazing features like smoking volcanoes, flowing lava and a Stone Age cave complete with prehistoric art.”

Can You Spot the Cave Paintings?

The inhabitants of the prehistoric cave.

Fantastic detail such as these cave paintings feature in the prehistoric dioramas.

Picture Credit: P.M.

Entering Model Making Competitions

In their email correspondence with Everything Dinosaur, the family have asked us about whether they could enter any model shows or diorama contests, we provided some advice suggesting that it was worthwhile seeing if there was a local model making club in South Africa where they could display their completed work.  Our congratulations to Paul, Raef, Luke and Amanda, we really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to share these images with us.

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