We want all UK researchers interested in using primary source material to be aware of the Archives Hub as a resource and understand the benefits of using it.
We want all repositories holding archives to be aware of the Archives Hub and the benefits of contributing to it.
It is vital to develop the service in-line with user and contributor needs. We listen to feedback, take careful note of survey results and analyse the patterns of behaviour of our users, in order to help us develop the service. Take a look at our page on the Archives Hub value to see the top priorities for our users.
We have made a number of enhancements over the past few years:
- Citation facilitation - all descriptions have a citation box that provides useful information about academic citations
- Browse - we have a browse tab for subjects, creators and repositories. This can be used to create very detailed searches.
- Map of repositories - we have a map showing the location of all repositories across the UK with links to their holdings and contact details
- Search - we have a default 'core' search that includes the major fields, and an 'all' search that includes fields such as source and provenance
- Images - we have a viewer for images, which allows for several images to be displayed at any one level of description
- We have export templates for archival management systems, such as Calm and AdLib
- We can harvest from AtoM and potentially other systems if they have an endpoint that provides EAD
- We are bringing the creation of repository information in-house to allow for more flexibilty and options in creating and using these useful descriptions
During 2020 we are focussing, amongst other things, on images and digital content, getting more data via export and through our EAD Editor, and creating a 'Names' interface to enable more effective searching by person and organisation, and to explore the potential for more connectivity within and beyond the Archives Hub.