The home page includes various discovery aids:
Through the interactive home page timeline, users can see content volume time per century. By choosing a column, users are led to the resources dated within this period. One can see the names of the historical periods on the grey background.
The search form appears both on the home page and on the search page (menu «Search»). The form allows the user to restrict their search to a specific institution or collection / repository only.
Users can enter a term (a word or phrase) and, if they want, specify the search in a specific metadata field such as Europeana type, original type of item, creator / contributor, subject category and geographical coverage.
The term input field has an auto-fill function: as the user types, a list of possible values is displayed and refreshed.
A user can perform a complex search by entering more than one term. Pressing the "+" button adds an additional field to enter a term while pressing the "X" button removes the corresponding field.
The search form enables the user to select one or more EKT Types through a selection menu that shows the types of hierarchy. The menu has an auxiliary search engine. In addition, the user can select the desired license through a selection list.
Finally, users can search resources based on chronology with two different types of time criteria, selecting a historical period or entering a date range (eg "1500-1600 AD").
With either of the two time searches, users can broaden or not their search by choosing Off or On on the "broader" and "stricter" filters in the corresponding selection.
When the selection is in the Off position, the time search is wider by locating chronologically or historical periods that just overlap in any way with the chronology or period of the search. For example, in the chronological search "1500-1600 AD", a resource dating from 1550 to 1750 AD. will appear in the results list. Similarly, when searching an asset from the "Classical Period", resources of "Classic to Hellenistic Period" will appear in the results list.
When the selection is set to On, the time-based search is strictly returning only items with a chronological period (or historical period) that is either identical or fully included in the search period. Use this option if you only want to find resources that are strictly dating within certain periods. For example, in the 1500-1200 chronological search, resources dating "1550-1750 AD" will not appear in the results, while resources dating from 1550 to 1570 AD will. Similarly, Similarly, when searching an asset from the "Classical Period", resources of "Classic to Hellenistic Period" will not appear in the results list.
Search results appear paginated by 30 items. For each item a preview image and the values of selected metadata fields are displayed.
You can filter the results with facet queries in specific fields including homogenized type (EKT type), homogenized historical period (ESF historical period), homogenized dating (EKT chronology) at 50 years periods, the original Europeana type, thematic category, collection / repository and rights (licenses for digital file use). The values of the filters ‘EKT type', 'EKT historical period' and 'Institution/collection' appear hierarchically. There are buttons with which you can choose natural order of results (alphabetical or chronological) or in order of descending popularity.
For each result you can choose to see details in the Item View, clicking on title or thumbnail of the item or it can open on a separate tab by clicking on the eye symbol «».
Item View includes a thumbnail and a set of traits and values. The result of the semantic enrichment (EKT type of item, EKT historical period and EKT dating) appear separately from the other metadata, in their own box. Values that include reference to vocabularies and thesauri appear as links leading to corresponding documentation pages. Below the thumbnail, you will find links to the digital file (for direct upload), found in the original record page of the originating institution's repository, the name of the organization and the collection / repository, the license of the digital file, as well as social network share buttons.
SearchCulture.gr has two separate pages for presenting institutions and their collections. They are accessible from the menu by selecting "Browse""Institutions" or "Browse""Collections", respectively. The former shows the list of content providers with their collections and the latter the list of collections. Users can select a specific institution or collection and see in a dedicated page more details with various means for navigating through the collections.
You can browse through EKT types by selecting the option "Browse""EKT Types" in the menu.
EKT Types appear hierarchically grouped in 7 categories: "Two-Dimensional Graphics", "Three-Dimensional Graphics", "Text", "Recordings", "Projection Material and Video Recordings", "Scores" and "Cartographic Material". Each type is a link that leads to the results page with the corresponding items. Each type is accompanied by the number of records under it and an symbol which leads to the corresponding term of the Vocabulary of Item Types on Semantics.gr.
You can browse through EKT historical periods by selecting the option "Browse""EKT historical periods" in the menu.
EKT historical periods appear hierarchically. Each period is a link leading to the results page with the corresponding records and is followed by the number of records and an symbol which leads to the corresponding term page in the Hellenic historical periods vocabulary in Semantics.gr. For "Bronze Age" in particular (3200 – 1050 BC) users can view the corresponding 3 cultures (Cycladic, Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations) of that era in Greece. Users can use the "broader" and "narrower" options for viewing the search results.