The CCI has 2 types of search available to users, and an inbuilt multi-field indexing lookup for key fields within records. This is designed to allow rapid quantification and comparisons of each individual attribute.
This is found on the main page and on each individual record page. This field allows you to search upon:
- Coin number
- Metal type
- Van Arsdell Number
To perform this search, just enter the value within the box and press go! The search results that you bring back can be viewed as an image grid, on the Google map, via RSS (you can then be updated everytime a new record of this type is added) and geoRSS (you could use this in your own Google MyMaps mashup.) If you have registered researcher status, the results can also be downloaded as JSON, XML, CSV and TXT format.
This is the least powerful search facility.
To use the advanced facility, fill in as few fields or as many fields as you want. A complex query could be as follows:
- Region = British
- Denomination = Stater
- Metal type = Gold
- County = Cambridgeshire
- Method of discovery = Metal detector
This search brings back 28 records. You can plot these results on the Google Map interface or obtain the data in the same manner as the quick search. All buttons will be located in exactly the same place.
The above map is a working example of the Gmaps system and is generated from a wordpress plugin and a geoRSS result.
Sorting your results
The returned results tables allow you to sort on any of the chosen headers. It defaults to coin number, by clicking on any of the headers you can organise these data ascending or descending.
Using the map - post search
The map is using the ubiquitous Google Map platform (at present) and it allows you to navigate around the United Kingdom via your mouse and clicking on the pushpins. The amount you can zoom in and the type of map that you can view is limited by permission based accounts to protect land owner and finder privacy. If you click on a pushpin, an information window appears and this can then show you the thumbnail and short details of the record. Clicking on the record number will take you directly to the record. Double clicking in the centre of the compass at the top left will reset the map to centre.
Using the map from the main menu
Coming shortly will be a multi layer map that will demonstrate different coin groups and an overlay direct from the Portable Antiquities Scheme database for Roman Republican coins, Iron Age coins and artefacts. What would also be useful is a map of Iron Age monuments. This will be made possible by the recently announced Google Maps support for KML and geoRSS.
Well hopefully, the Index is user friendly enough and obvious that you won’t need to ask for more help! However if you do need more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and state you are after CCI help in the subject field of your email.