National Archives (UK) Launches Discovery Service (Beta); Includes Map-Based Searching
The Discovery service has been released in ‘beta’, or test form, and we are keen to get your feedback on how it can be improved.
The new service enables you to filter search results by subject, date and series origin, as well as introducing map-based searching. [You can also browse for material.]
Millions of individual document descriptions have been tagged using a list of more than 100 subject categories ranging from crime to shipping, nationality to tithes. The new system helps you to easily navigate your way through our collection and pinpoint the document you are looking for among the millions held at The National Archives.
We are working to further enhance the service with features including advanced and saved searches, prominent person and place recognition, user sign-in and the integration of paid-for services such as DocumentsOnline and the bookshop. As these are developed, they will be released on our Labs site, for you to try out and tell us what you think.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.