Congratulations on the impressive new site.
I’d be interested in hearing about how you determined what features to provide for the advanced queries. Did you do your own user studies or rely on particular published ones? We recently launched the first phase of our EAD-driven database (http://libfindaids.yu.edu:8082/xtf/search), which provides for only simple searching at this time. I’m hoping to provide some enhanced search features, but have been mulling over how much they’re really used versus the cost of development, whether most users know enough about LCSH and other controlled terms, if they understand the different parts of the finding aid, etc. etc. While I feel that it’s great to be able to provide complex features for the (small set of?) advanced users who know these things, we are a small staff, and need to maximize how our limited resources are invested.
So any information or thoughts you (or anyone on the list) has on this would be most welcome.
Deena Schwimmer, Archivist
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This redesign provides enhanced integration with our digital collections repository, additional browsing options, and advanced search options that facilitate the construction of complex queries. Just how complex, you might reasonably wonder? Well, here’s an example, http://bit.ly/cRY2Bs, which performs a search for the word “outdoor” within 3 words of “theat??” anywhere in the document, as long as that document has a Library of Congress Subject Heading applied to it that contains the word “arts” (and, to think, if we didn’t apply that last condition, our retrieval set would triple in size!).
Any suggestions and comments are welcome. Feedback can also be provided via the Kampyle feedback form, which is accessible from any page of the website by clicking on the orange image in the lower right-hand corner.
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