Exploring the new Manuscripts & Pictorial website - 4December 18th, 2008
When you do a search, you expect to get a list of "results", right?
But what's a result? Normally, a description of a resource and a link to it.
So we would expect the results of a search on the new Manuscripts & Pictorial website to be a list of documents or images, with links to the item itself. Which they are.
But take a closer look at the black bar across the top of your search results:
All Items (30,288) Manuscripts Items (30,238) Pictorial Items (50) People (3,299) Places (701).
Our search (in this case, all of the McLean Papers) returned 30288 items, 30238 of which were manuscripts (letters, diaries, other papers) and 50 were pictorial (maps). You can click on Manuscripts Items to just see the manuscripts, or Pictorial Items to just see the pictorial material. As you'd expect.
But the People and Places slices are a little different and something you might not have seen before.
Clicking People returns a list of the people related to your search results, complete with biographies, portraits where available, and links to further material related to each person, both within Manuscripts & Pictorial, and more widely on TAPUHI. There are 3,299 people (name authorities) who have been identified and connected with something in the McLean Papers.
Similarly, clicking Places returns a list of the places related to your search results, with a link to google maps where available. There are 701 places identified and connected with something in the McLean Papers.
The People and Places tabs start to get more interesting when your search returns fewer results. For instance, filtering our search down to material in the McLean Papers related to Richard Taylor shows 26 people related to Richard Taylor through the McLean Papers.