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Search Notes

GENERAL NAVIGATION

Once the user has selected a particular survey area on the Building Survey page they may search by one of three different methods: Survey Highlights; Quick Search; or Advanced Search.  Tips on how to run each type of search are outlined below.  Navigation between the different methods of searching is available by using the quick links buttons on the left hand side of the screen.  Similarly, the user can also return to the Building Survey to select another county.

To exit the Building Survey and return to the Home Page the user can click on the NIAH logo at the top of the screen.

SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

These are thematic selections from each survey area.  Each set of buildings may be viewed by clicking on the "View Buildings" link.

QUICK SEARCH

The Quick Search options are designed to introduce users to the NIAH survey material.  More comprehensive search options are available in the Advanced Search section.

NAME/STREET

The name of the building as known to NIAH.  This search will also scan the street address of a building as often buildings will not have a proper name.  The search uses the term entered by the user on a "best fit" basis.  If the user is unsure of the correct spelling they should enter a truncated version of the word, for example "Stackal" instead of "Stackallan House".

TOWN

The name of the town the building is located in.  If the user is unsure of the correct spelling they should enter a truncated version of the word, for example "Dunsha" instead of "Dunshaughlin".

TOWNLAND

The name of the townland the building is located in.  Townlands are the smallest administrative territorial unit in the Ireland.  They are used as an informal address system in rural Ireland.  Only the townlands that have buildings recorded in them are listed in the drop-down menu so if the townland is not listed it does not contain any recorded buildings.

ADVANCED SEARCH

The Advanced Search options allow the user to combine the geographical searches with a TYPE search and a DATE search.  Users construct the search variables by clicking the relative check boxes, entering a search term, and clicking on the submit button.  The search will run quicker if less search terms are entered.

DATE

The date assigned to each building.  The NIAH approximates a date span for each building.  For best results the user should enter a broader rather then narrower date span, for example 1800 - 1850.

TYPE

The NIAH Building Type assigned to each building.  Specific Building Types will only appear for selection in the drop-down menu if they are present in the selected survey area.

NAME/STREET

The name of the building as known to NIAH.

TOWN

The name of the town the building is located in.

TOWNLAND

The name of the townland the building is located in.

VIEWING SEARCH RESULTS

When the user runs any of the searches they will be presented with a Search Results page.  Each building is represented by its Name and/or Address; Registration Number; Thumbnail Image; and a preview of its Description.  For more information on any building in the Search Results page the user should click on the Thumbnail Image or "View Main Record" link.

MAIN RECORD

The Main Record Page consists of an image and data from the NIAH database.  If Additional Images are available the "Additional Images" link will appear above the red title bar for the building.

The following fields of information exist in a typical NIAH building record:

Name/Address - the name and address of the building as known to the NIAH.

Registration Number - a unique identifying number assigned to each building surveyed.

Date - a date bracket for the date of a building's construction.  A narrow bracket indicates greater precision in the estimation of a building's age.

Townland - the name of the townland the building is located in.

County - Ireland is divided into county administrative areas.

Coordinates - these are the locational coordinates for the building and are referenced to the Irish National Grid datum.  They are intended as a reference tool only and do not indicate the extent of the building's curtilage.

Categories of Special Interest - the architectural heritage importance of each building is classified according to the following Categories of Special Interest as outlined in the Planning and Development Act, 2000: 

Architectural; Archaeological; Artistic; Cultural; Historical; Scientific; Social; Technical.

Original Use/In Use As/Additional Use - each building recorded by the NIAH is classified by Building Type.  It is only possible to search for Building Types that are present in each selected survey area.  The complete list of NIAH Building Types is extensive and can be acquired by e-mailing: niah@environ.ie.

Description - a qualitative account of the main architectural and distinguishing features of the building.

Appraisal - a qualitative account of why the building is an important part of Irish architectural heritage and justifies its awarded Categories of Special Interest.

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