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Advanced Search

There are a number of systems and processes working behind the scenes to support PastView’s Advanced Search facility, making it both rigorous and robust.  Data can be specifically tailored to provide advanced search options specific to collection type. For example, it might be preferable to use metadata, such as Name, D.O.B, and/or Regiment Number to explore collections that focus on people. Or, it might be preferable to use metadata such as Issue Date, Series, or Year for magazines.

PastView's Advanced Search, makes use of:

  • Attribute Sets & Attributes - the different terms used to describe your items to drill down to the most relevant matches.
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) & Handwritten Text Transcription (HTR) - software searches documents for any given text, accurately retrieving and matching data within your collections.
  • Automatic Audio Transcription (AAT) - automatically transcribing all audio speech so words and phrases can be searched and revealed.
  • Synonym Search - alternative phrases and spellings to identify relevant matches.

Powerful text recognition integration

Handwritten and typed materials are incredibly important for aiding research and increasing the accessibility of your collections. Combining PastView's Advanced Search with Text Recognition (HTR, OCR and Text Extraction) services, ensures your extracted content is immediately discoverable to your audiences.


Exceptional search filtering

Paired with item metadata Attribute Sets and Attributes, your audiences have the best tools for supporting their research needs. Provide tailored search filters, specific for each of your collections, ensuring search results are accurate and intuitively accessible.


Searching your entire digital archive

With PastView, you won't be limited to the searching of your uploaded digitised and born-digital items. PastView's Advanced Search, ensures entities, collections and even content created for pages and posts are equally accessible to your audiences.


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Use Advanced Search with...

Transcribe handwritten text, allowing it to be selected, copied and searched.

Use attribute sets to create the sub categories and filters to power your search.

Rename items within collections in bulk and update metadata from collections in bulk.

Société Jersiaise
A commitment to the country’s history, language and antiquities

The value of any collection is only ever fully realised when its contents are accessible, so we needed a user-friendly platform that did not sacrifice the needs of serious research. We needed a way to showcase the breadth and depth of our collections in an attractive way that offered powerful, customisable search options when users required them."

Gerard Sargent
Digitisation & Outreach Co-ordinator