150 years of Canadian ArtA linked open data project

Search tips

The search box

The search box provides a quick search capability against all the data in the proof-of-concept: the search will look for all the words entered into the search box across all the data.

As a first step, if you want to only search for works of art that have an associated image, make sure to check the “Only resources with an image” and press the search button to the right of the search box. This will narrow the search results list as illustrated below.

Showing the search results with images only

To search for works of art that contain “carr” and “lismer”, simply enter them in the search box: the results will display as shown below. Note that the terms continue to appear in the search box as well as being summarized under “You searched for” in the “Filter your results” section to the right of the results.

The results after searching for "carr" and "lismer"

To broaden the search to “carr” simply remove the word “lismer” from the search box and press the search button. The following results will display.

The search results after removing the term "lismer"

The “Filter your results” area to the right of the results list can be used to sort the result set, or add custom terms to the search, or explore the results by clicking on any of the links shown below the “You searched for” area (these are the “facets” that appear in the data of the results).

Paging through results

The number of results is displayed just below the search box, as shown below.

Displaying the number of results returned

The number of results to display on a page can be changed using the dropdown box to the right of the number of results display.
At the bottom of the results list, a list of the available pages of results is shown (10 at a time), along with the option “Next”: simply click on any of these to move to desired results page.

Paging through the results

Sorting the results

The results can be sorted using any of the following criteria (as shown below): Relevance (default), Title: A-Z, Title: Z-A, Artist: A- Z, Artist: Z-A, End Date: Older first, End Date: Newer first, Accession Number: A- Z, Accession Number: Z-A.

The options for sorting the search results

Note that for the date sort, results that do not have a date will appear at the bottom of the list.

Adding custom filters to the search

To filter (or narrow) the search results, custom filters can be added. On the right of the results, click on “Add a custom filter” below the “sort” area, and dropdown boxes for the field to be searched, the match type will be displayed along with a box for entering the filter value, as shown below.

Adding a term to filter the search results

For example, to filter the works by Emily Carr to only those that have “village” or “portrait” in the title, select "Title" in the “field” dropdown list, select the match type (for example, "contains any word"), and enter the terms “village portrait.” as the value (in the areas as shown below).

Filtering the search results by "Title" and "contains any word"

Click on the “Add term” button, and the search results will be refreshed as shown below.

The search results after filtering on "Title" "contains any word" "village portrait"

Note that to the right of the results, below the “You searched for” area, a new area is displayed showing the “Current filters”: this area shows the custom term search that was performed, specifically “Title contains any word “village portrait””.

Note as well that an “x” appears next to the filter: this “x” can be used to remove the filter that was applied to the result set.

The terms that can be used for filtering the results list include the following (as shown below): accession number, artist name, category, credit line, date, department, description, inscription, institution, marks/labels, material, medium, object name, signature, subject represented, supporting material, manufacturing technique, title.

The fields available for filtering search results

For all “textual” data, the following match types can be specified (as shown for “Title” below): contains any word, contains all words, contains phrase, does not contain.

The filtering match criteria for textual fields

For accession number, however, the match options are limited to “=” or “not =”, as shown below.

The filtering match criteria for the "Accession number" field

For dates the options are as follows (shown below): =, not =, less than, greater than, less than or =, greater than or =.
Please note that for all date searches (with the exception of “greater than”, which will only accept a date in the format “YYYY”), the following forms of date representation are supported: “YYYY”, “YYYY-MM”, and “YYYY-MM-DD”..
When filtering by dates, please note that the filter will apply to both dates when a date range appears in the data. For example, a filter for a date less than “1939” will include results if either the first date or the second date in a date range is less than “1939”. For example, if the date for a work of art is “1938-1939” then it will be included as the first date in the range is “1938”.

The filtering match criteria for the "Date" field

Filtering using the “facets”

In addition to filtering the results by adding custom search terms, “facets” of the data that appear in the works of art in the results can be used.

These “facets’ include: the artist, the artist group, the work of art category (e.g., painting), the object name, the institutions where the works of art are held, material / medium / manufacturing technique, origin, etc.

Many of the facets are hierarchical, specifically: the work of art category, the object name, material / medium / supporting material / manufacturing technique, time period, school or style, and subject represented.

Hierarchical facets summarize “like” items that have a direct relationship to the facet value (e.g., its “children” values). For example, the work of art category for our search results have three facet values: Fine Art, Communication Objects, and Decorative Arts (as shown below).

An example of hierarchical  facets - "Category"

Clicking on the “Fine Arts” link will both filter the results to show only those that are in “Fine Arts” and will expand the category to show its “children” (or sub-categories), as shown below.

The search results after selecting the "Fine Arts" category

Clicking on any of the ”children” links will filter the results further: for example, to show only works of art that fall into the “painting” category, simply click on the “Painting” link and the following set of results will be displayed.

The search results after selecting "Painting" under the "Fine Arts" category

Note that the “Current filters” on the right of the results list has been updated to reflect the selection, that is: “Category = “Fine Art”, and “Category = Painting”.

To return to the previous level in the hierarchy, remove the last (or lowest) level filter applied: in this example, simply click on the “x” next to “Category = Painting”.

(Please note that, if the lowest level of the hierarchy has been selected, the facet (i.e., “Category” in this example) will no longer display as an option for filtering the results.)

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