Repository websites are "micro sites" of the main Archives Hub. They provide an interface for an individual Archives Hub contributor, enabling researchers to search across the descriptions of a single institution.
These individual repository sites resemble the Archives Hub interface very closely, with a few omissions concomitant on the nature of a single repository interface.
Differences to the Archives Hub:
- No list of holding repositories
- No information on holding repository
- No map of repositories
- No themed collections or repository descriptions
Provision of repository sites
These sites are currently freely available to 'ac.uk' institutions that are Archives Hub contributors. It is up to the indivdual contributor whether to have a site.
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.
If you are a contributor that is not .ac.uk, but you wish to have a site, please get in touch.
Requirements for repository sites
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, two colours and a background image 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.
Features of repository sites
The approach is very much template based. We cannot provide customisation or modify our sites for different contexts.
A repository 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
- Direct links for descriptions that use our 'data' URIs with your local references
- 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
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.
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.
Development will always reflect the Archives Hub site; we will not be able to provide features for these sites separately from the main site.
We may look at 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.