Archives Hub Micro Sites
Please Note: We are currenly revising micro sites, following our move to a new system and architecture. We will not be settinp up new sites until summer 2017.
What are Micro Sites?
A Micro Site is a search/retrieve interface for an individual Archives Hub contributor. It enables researchers to search across the descriptions of a single institution.
Micro sites resemble the Archives Hub interface (search boxes, search options, hit list, display of records and tables of contents). They do not replicate all of the Archives Hub functionality, as this is often tied to the Hub system and the Hub role as an aggregator. For example, they do not include links on index terms, as these links take the user to the Hub browse screen, which brings together the descriptions of all of our contributors.
Who can have a Micro Site?
Micro sites are currently freely available to 'ac.uk' institutions that are Archives Hub contributors. The Archives Hub is funded by Jisc, a body that supports higher and further education in the UK, so this is a means for Jisc to provide further value to its core customers.
What do you have to do to get a Micro Site?
Email us to let us know that you are interested and we will be in touch with you. You will need to provide your logo and two colours that you wish to be used in your micro site. Other than that there is very little that you need to do, as the descrpitions will all be fed through from the Archives Hub data store.
What do Micro Sites offer?
The approach is very much template based. We cannot provide customisation or modify our sites for different contexts.
A micro site will give you:
- A search/retrieve box for searching by keyword, title, creator ,date, reference, subject and name
- The option to search by 'all', 'any' and 'phrase'
- The option to search only collection level descriptions, or all levels of description
- Search results displayed as they are on the Hub, with the title as a clickable link to display the description
- Display of descriptions as they are displayed on the Hub, with navigation to search within the description (up and down the levels where appropriate)
- Display of a table of contents for multi-level descriptions, with an expanding folder structure and links to all levels of description
- Display of images and links to digital content
- Search within a multi-level description
- A citation with a link to individual entries at all levels
- An email link on every description
- The ability to reference every description in Twitter and on Facebook
- Use of your own logo (with link) and colours
Will there be a browse function?
You will not be able to browse across collections, because this functionality was developed to work with an aggregation of content and not for an individual contributor.
This means that you will not get clickable index terms within the descriptions, as these links would search across all the Archives Hub data.
Will Micro Sites be further developed?
Our main focus at the moment is around performance. We are aware that very large descriptions take a signficant amount of time to be retrieved. We do not have specific development plans, but we will be assessing the success of the micro sites later in 2015, pending further potential development.
We are considering whether we can provide subject based Micro Sites, which would provide an interface to a specific topic, using a keyword or subject search. This would require substantial revision of the configuration, so we cannot not provide subject based sites at present. However, we are interested to hear from anyone who has an interest in developing a subject based site.
Development will depend upon resourcing and other priorities, but our intention is to ensure that the sites are sustainable over time, and therefore we will be keeping to the current template approach, with minimal customisation.
Examples of Micro Sites
Salford University: http://microsites.archiveshub.ac.uk/salford
Brighton Design Archive: http://microsites.archiveshub.ac.uk/brighton