As part of Phase One, we have started to integrate The Celtic Coin
Index on the Web with the search facilities of the Internet. Search
engines vary in their capabilities and what they allow. The best of
the search engines is "All the Web, All the Time":
Using the "Fast" technology, and powerful Dell servers, it has
catalogued more of the WWW than any of the other search engines, and
can deliver hundreds of results in a fraction of a second.
One of the many reasons we favour this search engine is that it
supports not only the Dublin Core Meta Data, but allows for new Meta
Data sets (something we are currently developing for museum use).
You can try out this search engine with our data. Here are some terms
that will deliver Celtic Coin Index data:
Each line should be typed in as an exact phrase in the following:
C Rudd 1999 list 43
Sotheby's 1922, lot 15
Stallard Auction Catalogue
The origins of coinage in Britain: a reappraisal
Northover, P., "Materials Issues in the Celtic Coinage"
The grid reference is limited for security reasons. To obtain the
exact reference, one should direct a query to the Celtic Coin Index at
Oxford, and depending on the circumstances, this may be possible.
The term "Blagdon Copse" will deliver only two of the four records.
This demonstrates that the site search is always more efficient than a
full Internet search. Had the records stated "number one of four..,
number two of four.., etc. instead of each record stating "one of
four", then perhaps the search engine might have picked them all.
For a search consisting of "all the words" instead "the exact phrase",
epaticcus gold ashmolean
You can also try out your own search terms, or copy phrases from any
of the coin records.
We hope that all appropriate academic web sites will provide a link to
the Celtic Coin Index on the Web, as many search engines and
directories will weight results depending on these links.
You will notice that at times you will leave our domain and find
yourself at crosswinds.net. We have a URL redirect so that we can move
records, if needed, without making all search engine results obsolete.
The main spidering will be through our domain addresses.
For those of you mindful of budget restrictions for similar projects,
you might be interested to know that to date, this has been done with
a resource outlay of only $15.00 U.S. on this project (exclusive of
our time!). As the project grows, and more records are added, we
anticipate growing out of some of the free services we have been able
We are processing information and images for 1961-68, and our next
goal will be to put 1961 on-line. This will take longer than the
Epaticcus, as this was only 320 records, and 1961 has 1,610 records
(it was a big year!). We will keep you informed as the project