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New.lds.org Search Indexes

Postby todrobbins » Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:28 pm

Are there plans to create author index files on LDS.org? For instance, the ability to select an author and see what articles/talks s/he have given (and published) in Church materials would be terrific.

(I.e. http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/authors/?viewall)

Perhaps those could be arranged by date, etc.? I guess making a relational database of articles to authors, both general authorities and lay members, that could be browsed as well as search. Something similar to:

https://new.lds.org/church/leader/thomas-s-monson?lang=eng

At the bottom of the bio, but an additional link to "All articles/talks by Thomas S. Monson". I suppose it's a matter of metadata. I'd be interested in helping with a project of interlinking the data though.

Just a thought.

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Postby todrobbins » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:46 pm

Did I not explain myself very well? Just curious.

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Postby russellhltn » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:56 pm

I think you explained it well. I don't know as the folks who could answer your question hang out here that much.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Postby lajackson » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:04 am

todd.d.robbins wrote:Are there plans to create author index files on LDS.org? For instance, the ability to select an author and see what articles/talks s/he have given (and published) in Church materials would be terrific.


In the Advanced Search function of Gospel Library at lds.org you can search by author. While it is not exactly what you seek, I suppose of you keyed in the author and no other keywords and did the search, you would get a list of articles by just that author.

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Postby ShellineSE » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:06 pm

Hi, I'm the product manager for search on new.LDS.org. There are no plans to create a comprehensive list of talks by author, but I do like this idea and will add it to my backlog of feature requests as well as suggest it to the content managers. Fortunately, the issue is not one of markup, but of priority--the backlog is pretty long.

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Postby todrobbins » Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:13 pm

Thanks all.

shellinese,

I hear you. I guess I'm thinking similar name files exist for other projects, like the Joseph Smith Papers, and would only help the comprehensive nature of LDS content. Cheers!


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