From: John Hooker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 14 April 2001 19:56
The Celtic Coin Index on the Web is now moved on to the new server. As
our entire domain went with it, the links are still valid. You can see
We did have the full coin records on free web space at crosswinds.net
with a url redirect from our site. We are leaving the crosswinds
records up, as the most "on the ball" search engine, alltheweb.com,
found and catalogued them. The main pages at crosswinds point back to
writer2001.com, though. We will not add further records to crosswinds,
but will load new records directly to the main site.
The server resides at lexicom.net -- a local ISP with attitude! They
have two Internet backbones, and even handle streaming television
shows for the Home Box Office Network. They have placed our domain on
its own server and it will have unlimited space, for this project and
others to come.
The Institute of Archaeology at Oxford is funding the new search
engine we will be designing around our system. At a later date, we
will also add a very sophisticated web/database interface that will be
built with the user in mind -- this is almost unheard of ;-) I am
thinking, also, of adding an expert system to streamline use even
The next records will be the Celtic Coin Index records for 1961. It
was the first year of records gathered by Derek Allen and Sheppard
Frere. With over 1600 photographs, it will be a good cross-section of
British Celtic coin types with a number of continental issues as well.
This was an important time in Celtic numismatics, following:
ALLEN, D. F. 1960: The origins of coinage in Britain: a reappraisal.
In S. S. Frere (ed.), Problems of the Iron Age in southern Britain
(London, Institute of Archaeology Occasional Paper 11), 97-308.
The next group of records will include the bulk of the British
Museum's large collection. This will bring us up to 1972. We will
proceed as quickly as our workload permits, but with over 32,000 coin
records and images, it will not be instantaneous!
Some of the search engines are ranking us very highly. We have had a
large number of visitors using the Yahoo search engine, and they have
listed us in a couple of their directories. We rank number one in a
Yahoo search for "celtic coins". We are also in DMOZ, the Open
Directory Project, where only select items are chosen by experts in
their field. Alltheweb has catalogued most of the records, and can
even be used for very specific searches, such as exact provenances,
etc. The last time I checked, it was not 100%, but more is being
The old, slow-to-catalogue search engines are still not listing us,
but eventually we will show up there. Some of them use some rather
disabling features to avoid e-commerce spamming, and thus miss out on
a certain amount of functionality, as well.
The Celtic Coin Index on the Web is the first content of our Arethusa
project. We will be offering the service to Universities and Museums
for web-enabling their collections under a single database umbrella.
Unlike other attempts that often go over budget and use idiosyncratic
methodologies, Arethusa will be available at a low and firm per-record
cost, and will share records from all subscribed institutions. This
will make travel-free research very easy for everyone and will free up
a considerable number of staff hours. There will never be a charge to
the end user.
Greater functionality is also planned. We have not yet added all the
Arethusa features to the Celtic Coin Index -- there will be a very
interesting typological search feature in the future, but this will
require considerable data entry for previously catalogued records.
Exciting times ahead!
Hooker & Perron, Total Project Coordination
Database-Web...Graphics...Custom Maps...Colour Suites...Expert Systems
Building the Celtic Coin Index on the Web: