wanted to pass this along since this is a untraditional implementation of
EAD that might generate a bit of interest in the wider community.



American Numismatic Society Director Ute Wartenberg Kagan today unveiled the
new interactive ANS collection search tool, MANTIS ( MANTIS (MANTIS: A Numismatic Technologies
Integration Service) provides access to all 600,000 records for objects in
the ANS collection, through a series of new, easy-to-use search screens.

The new search tool is an open source implementation of several applications
and standards used in the Library, Archive, and Museum communities,
including Apache Solr for faceted searching and Encoded Archival Description
(EAD) for representing numismatic metadata. The tool enables users to
interact with the ANS collection through keyword searches or by browsing and
sorting on numerous categorical and physical attributes common to
numismatics. This search tool connects individual objects together by these
searchable attributes, allowing users to seamlessly navigate from one object
to its relations.

ANS Director Wartenberg explains, “The collections database is the work of a
generation of expert cataloguers, and was originally designed to allow
curatorial staff to manage the massive holdings of the Society. MANTIS marks
a huge leap forward in making this work available to the general public in a
way that is easy to understand for specialist and non-­‐specialist alike.
Together with DONUM, our bibliographic search tool, the release of MANTIS
places the ANS at the forefront of numismatic research on the World Wide

The Database breaks down into 11 Departments, which can be searched as a
whole or individually. Approximate totals for each department are as

   - Greek 100, 000
   - Roman 80,000
   - Byzantine 15,000
   - Islamic 60,000
   - East Asian 45,000
   - South Asian 50,000
   - Medieval 50,000
   - Modern 100,000
   - United States 25,000
   - Latin America 20,000
   - Medals and Decorations 50,000

Traditional searches by mint person, date and numismatic categories are
catered for, and supplemented with a new map interface. This latter feature,
still under development, will eventually allow the user to find coins,
medals and banknotes issues around the world by clicking on points on a map.

“The release of the new research tool is an exciting development, not just
for the access it provides to our remarkable collection,” notes ANS Deputy
Director Andrew Meadows. “It also harnesses an ANS initiative to create
stable identities for numismatic concepts on the World Wide Web through the project. This is most visible at the moment in the mapping
functions that we offer, but will ultimately extend to the creation of other
exciting new tools.”

The design of MANTIS is the work of ANS Web Developer Ethan Gruber, working
in close collaboration with ANS Research Scientist Sebastian Heath.

Heath explains: “The new ANS database is now positioned to become a tool for
expressing all the links inherent in each individual coin. We can already
see this in the powerful mapping function. Even at this early stage of
development users can browse the Greek and Roman departments by geography,
with an expanding set of North American mints also coming available. It's
already possible to make maps of similar coins, such as those showing Greek
and Roman deities, and this functionality will become available for more
coins as Ethan Gruber continues his work. The database also supports a
variety of export formats that will encourage exploration of the links
between numismatics and other disciplines. Underlying much of our work is a
technical approach called ‘Linked Open Data’. As the humanities increasingly
embrace digital tools, researchers of all stripes can be confident that the
ANS is bringing exceptional resources into their domains.”


Dr. Andrew Meadows, Deputy Director
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