The demonstrator created by the LEADERS Project offers a sample of how the recommendations made by the LEADERS Project may be implemented. It is vital to stress that the demonstrator only offers one version of the LEADERS toolkit in action, and that the toolkit can be manipulated and modified to suit differing types of archival material or to fulfil different criteria as desired.
This demonstrator uses seventeen sample documents from University College London. The documents are taken from George Orwell Archive and the UCL Archive. The demonstrator performs various retrieval functions and displays the documents showing images of the originals, contextual information and transcripts.
The material does not represent a full electronic archive, but is intended to show how the LEADERS toolkit may be used. Note that the demonstrator only contains selected material from within the archive, not the entire archive.
The demonstrator can be accessed via the Internet by accessing the main LEADERS website (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/leaders-project) and following the relevant links.
From the first screen, the Welcome Screen, you can either access the demonstrator by the large buttons at the top and bottom of the page or explore more detailed information about LEADERS including technical information about how the LEADERS toolkit was created.
From this screen you can also send comments and suggestions to the LEADERS Project.
Help files are also available via the buttons located on this screen, and on all pages within the demonstrator.
You can choose to search the archive in different ways.
When you press the demonstrator button on the Welcome Screen, a new window will open with a search form containing the following fields. This can be seen in the screen shot below:
The search facility may be used in several ways.
The first option is to click on the large "Browse names index" button etc. This creates a new window containing a list of available names, places or topics. Simply scroll down the list and click on the appropriate choice, which then inserts your choice as a search term in the box.
The second option is to click in the empty search terms box and enter the first letter or letters of your desired name, place or topic. Then click on the appropriate "Browse" button and the relevant terms will be displayed in a new window. You can then select your desired search term. When you click on one of these search terms, it will automatically be entered into the box.
The archive can also be searched via a date, which must be entered in the form of a year (YYYY). The dates can be specified as a range of years, using the "Date from" and "Date to" fields.
On this screen you can also indicate how many hits you want to appear on each page.
After filling one, or all of the search fields, click on the search button to perform a search. You can fill in as many fields as you wish, although as this demonstrator contains only a limited amount of material, filling in too many fields will probably not yield any hits.
At the very top of the screen, your search terms will be listed, followed by the number of hits retrieved.
If the search returned some hits, a hit list is displayed and at the top of the page the following buttons might be available:
The individual hits will appear in a numbered list.
The first line of a single hit will display the title of the record in dark blue. This also acts a link to the entire document. The title shows three levels of description, firstly the title of the archival collection, then the title of the series and lastly the title of the actual document.
The next line shows the reference number of the document. The third line displays the date of the document. Lastly, a brief description of the document is given.
This is shown in the screen shot below:
To view a document, click on the title.
There are several different parts to each document. These are:
Within the header of each document, the name, occupation and dates of the author, title and reference code of the document and date of the document are displayed.
There are multiple ways of viewing documents: