ArchSearch NEWS; the online catalogue of the ADS

A subset of the South Gloucestershire Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) has been added to the ADS catalogue courtesy of South Gloucestershire Council. Too late for this dataset perhaps but Exegesis SDM Ltd have just added an ADS metadata export facility to their popular database package which is used by many SMRs. With this exciting development it is hoped that other SMRs will take the opportunity to make their data available online through the ADS.

An update of the West of Scotland SMR has been supplied to us from the West of Scotland Archaeology Service (WoSAS). This reload not only updates information since the original version was deposited, but also includes links to WoSAS's own online sites and monuments record, which ultimately wil provide considerably more text and images to support most records. The Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) Dendrochronology Database has now also been updated to include more recent dates from their journal Vernacular Architecture. A further batch of out-of-print Research Reports has been cleared and released for online access by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). The latter includes Professor Barry Cunliffe's Danebury volumes and for those with an interest in death and burial the volumes covering the excavations at Christchurch, Spitalfields.

At the time of writing a pilot version of ArchSearch II (described in a previous newsletter) is undergoing testing and a release version should be ready in the very near future. The new architecture includes a complete overhaul of hardware, software and even data structures. User evaluation has identified the priorities for new forms of searching. A further round of user evaluation is planned once the new system is functioning.

ArchSearch News is brought to you by the ADS Technical Team: Tony Austin, Jo Clarke and Keith Westcott. Email email

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