Manual for the Going Places Interface


(1) Search boxes for catalog search - at them moment one-word keyword search is implemented

(2) Display field for search results from catalog searches; tabs show different views of the results - grouped by title, publication year, LC subject headings, geographical scope (MARC field 043) and LC classification

(3) Search box for NIMA gazetteer; including a pull-down menu for the NIMA gazetteer feature types

(4) Buttons for manipulating the map interface

(5) Map interface

(6) Status bar - shows place name, country, state & county when mouse-over a place

(7) More display for results



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Search starting from the library catalog

Figure 1. Catalog search

A search can be initiated by typing a one-word query into the query box for catalog search, which will search the local catalog (or other sources, if selected from the pull-down menu).

The catalog documents found through the search will be displayed in the lower left display field sorted by title. Clicking on the tabs for year (not yet implemented), LCSH, scope or class (not yet implemented) will group the search results by date, subject heading, geographical scope (MARC field 043) or LC classification code respectively.

The catalog search also initiates a geographical search through NIMA, which will display the locations found in the records in the map interface.

Figure 1. Catalog search

Figure 2. Detailed record

Clicking on a record in the document display will open up a new window displaying the MARC record of the highlighted document.

Figure 2a. Detailed record

Figure 2b. Records per location

Pointing the mouse on one of the dots in the map will show the record numbers in the status bar and clicking on the dot will open a new window displaying the records that are associated with that dot.

Figure 2b. Records per location (Dot in China was clicked)

Doubleclicking on one of the titles in this window will open a detailed record window as well.

Drawing a bounding box around several dots will open a window containing the combined record titles of all records associated with dots within the bounding box.

Figure 2c. Combining records for viewing.

Figure 3. Geographic search from a catalog record

Highlighting (marking) any geographic name in the detailed MARC display and clicking the "yes" check box for the NIMA gazetteer search in the record will lead to search in the NIMA gazetteer, which will open a new window displaying the NIMA search results and will also change the map display to pointing to the now found NIMA locations with the searched geographic name.

Figure 3a. Geographic search from a catalog record

Putting the mouse over a dot will show details about the NIMA record in the status bar.

Figure 3b. Nima information about a location in the status bar

Search using the map interface and NIMA

Figure 4. Searching NIMA using feature types and the map interface

A search can also be initiated from the map interface or the NIMA search box. Figure 4 illustrates a search for capital cities in South America by selecting the feature type capital city (PPLC) in the pull-down menu for NIMA feature types and drawing a bounding box around South America. The NIMA button has to be selected.

Figure 4. Searching NIMA using feature types and the map interface

Figure 5 shows the result window for the NIMA search, which is not only displayed by red dots in the map interface but also by opening a new window showing all the geographic places of the selected feature type and within the boundary box of the search.

Figure 5. NIMA search results table.

Figure 6. Searching the catalog from the map interface

To see if there are catalog records available for a geographic place indicated by a dot on the map interface, one right-clicks on the dot to select a catalog option (in this case the local catalog) to send off a search regarding this place. The search result regarding this place name will appear as catalog records on the left display and as red dots indicating place names associated with those records on the map interface (Figure 7).

Figure 6. Searching the catalog from the map interface

Figure 7. Search results for selecting "Lima" on the map interface.