Category Archives: finding aids

Archives Hub Search Analysis

Search logs can give us an insight into how people really search. Our current system provides ‘search logs’ that show the numbers based on the different search criteria and faceting that the Hub offers, including combined searches. We can use … Continue reading

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EAD and Next Generation Discovery

This post is in response to a recent article in Code4Lib, ‘Thresholds for Discovery: EAD Tag Analysis in ArchiveGrid, and Implications for Discovery Systems‘ by M. Bron, M. Proffitt and B. Washburn. All quotes are from that article, which looked … Continue reading

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Supporting Historians: responding to changing research practices

This post picks out some highlights from a report from Ithaka S+R, “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians” by Roger C Schonfeld and Jennifer Rutner (December 2012). It concentrates on findings that are of particular relevance for archivists and … Continue reading

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An evaluation of the use of archives and the Archives Hub

This blog is based upon a report written by colleagues at Mimas* presenting the results of the evaluation of our innovative Linked Data interface, ‘Linking Lives‘. The evaluation consisted of a survey and a focus group, with 10 participants including … Continue reading

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More Product, Less Processing?

I’ve been reading a fascinating article by Mark A. Greene and Dennis Meissner, ‘More Product Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing‘ (PDF). I wanted to offer a summary of the article. The essence of this article is that archivists spend … Continue reading

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Out and about or Hub contributor training

Every year we provide our contributors and potential contributors with free training on how to use our EAD editor software. The days are great fun and we really enjoy the chance to meet archivists from around the UK and find … Continue reading

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Opening up UK archives data (II)

This is the second post relating to the recent UKAD meeting, concentrating on the brainstorming that took place around digital and digitised archives. The driving forces that were identified: Crowd-sourcing – metadata generation Attracts funding Promotes access Open up wealth … Continue reading

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Opening up UK archives data (i)

On 14th April the UK Archives Discovery Network (UKAD) met in Manchester to discuss challenges surrounding the opening up of archival data. We were looking to develop our understanding of the key issues driving or preventing these developments and to … Continue reading

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