[Archivesspace_Users_Group] search behavior

Chris Fitzpatrick Chris.Fitzpatrick at lyrasis.org
Fri Apr 18 09:39:56 EDT 2014

Hi everyone,

Just some quick technical notes on search...

As you know, ArchivesSpace uses Solr for search indexing. It's pretty flexible, so you can always configure it to do things like use a specific operator or boost certain field values. You can see the documentation to do this here:

ArchivesSpace uses the generic /select request handler, which you can edit in the solr_config.xml ( https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/blob/master/solr/solrconfig.xml )

Here's the documentation on how to do that:


https://wiki.apache.org/solr/ExtendedDisMax  ( used in most queries to AS )

https://wiki.apache.org/solr/SolrQuerySyntax ( used in some of the advanced searches )


Currently, you can do use operators like "AND", "OR", "NOT", wildcard ( using * ), and fielded search ( "title:vard")  in the search box. Or you can use the Advanced Search box.

The LCNAF plugin is querying OCLC's service, so it is not being handled by ArchivesSpace's solr, and there is a ticket for it here =>


The query was not optimal, so we have done some work to improve it. This will be included in the next release, or you can upgade your plugin now using the code in github ( https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/tree/master/plugins/lcnaf )

Let me know if you have any other questions...

best, chris.

Chris Fitzpatrick | chris.fitzpatrick at lyrasis.org
Developer, ArchivesSpace
From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of Prom, Christopher John <prom at illinois.edu>
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Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] search behavior

I have also noted major concerns over the search behavior, and about six weeks ago I entered several users stories related to search.  While implementing these would not solve all of the problems, I do think they would be a good starting point:


Chris Prom
University of Illinois

On Apr 17, 2014, at 9:53 AM, Galloway, Ed <edwardg at pitt.edu<mailto:edwardg at pitt.edu>> wrote:


I was about to write to the group to express this same concern but saw that Christine already did (see below) about a month ago, but it received no reply. Is the search behavior being addressed as she suggests?

Thanks, Ed

Edward A. Galloway
Head, Archives Service Center
University Library System
University of Pittsburgh

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Christine Di Bella
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Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] search behavior

(Apologies if this has been answered before.)

Now that I have more data in my test ArchivesSpace instance, I’m noticing things that I’m sure have been there all along and I just didn’t realize it. Is the search engine on ArchivesSpace set up as an “OR” rather than an “AND”? Any multi-word search I do pulls up way more results than I would have expected, i.e. any record of any type that has any of the words included. (Perhaps this may also be part of the reason that provided LCNAF plugin seems to be virtually unusable?) Since Google and its ilk have spoiled many of us, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying an “AND” search would be more useful.

I do see that I can use quotation marks or “and” between search terms to further focus searches for my own records (though doing so seems to have no effect on the LCNAF plugin). That’s definitely helpful.

Is this the intended behavior? Are more advanced search and faceting browsing capabilities intended for near term future releases?



Christine Di Bella
Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center
Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ  08540
Email : cdibella at ias.edu<mailto:cdibella at ias.edu>
Phone: 609-734-8368
Website : http://library.ias.edu/archives

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