Combined search strategies in the search engine ARGUS for Federal Archives


Search strategies

Presentation of the results

From the list of results to the place of discovery

The structured navigation

Navigation in the online finding aid

Navigation support

Display of digital reproductions

Explanation and links



The concept of the search engine MidosaSEARCH goes back to developments of a tool for archival description running on micro computers starting in the 80ies in the state archives of Baden-Württemberg and continued by the Archivschule Marburg with Midosa95, a dBase runtime application. With the following MIDOSAonline HTML pages were generated from dBase data. They represented the first online finding aids following the layout of legacy printed finding aids yet enhancing their functionalities. This was followed by MidosaXML in 2001 with an own DTD, a German version very close to EAD and exporting EAD-finding aids. Finding aids produced with it as well as those in EAD composed with the MEX-Editor developed in the <daofind> project of the Bundesarchiv can be made available with the search engine MidosaSEARCH, named ARGUS Bundesarchiv, for the  for cross search and structured navigation at thesame time. They include also data exported from archival databases like BASYS of the Federal Archives and transformed into the EAD profile of ARGUS.



• To federal archives:

• To the network SED-/FDGB-Archivgut:

• To the DFG-project for the development of the network: