Advanced Usability of the Culturelink World Wide Web Site
Free Text Search
Keeping in line with its declared World Wide
Web Project development plans (see the document Culturelink
World Wide Web Project - Status and Development published in
Culturelink no. 26/November 1998, or at http://www.culturelink.org/activities/www-project.html)
in upgrading the functionality and accessibility of its web site,
Culturelink has recently implemented a search engine, allowing free
text search and retrieval over the contents of the entire Culturelink
web space. Search capabilities have also been geared specifically
towards grouped collections of selected parts of the Culturelink
information space, such as the contents of the Culturelink review,
as well as the textual Cultural Policy
Database, which has been reachable through the Internet at IMO's
Gopher site since 1995 and at Culturelink's Home Page through the
World Wide Web since 1997.
Interactive Cultural Policy Comparative Study Menu
At the same time, to facilitate the context sensitive navigation through the thematically uniformly structured data, as well as the interactive comparative study and analysis of the country profiles with their specific concepts, trends, experiences and practices in the field of cultural policies, a mechanism has been set up to allow the selection of the desired country and the topic of interest, giving researchers and scholars working in the field of culture, as well as policy makers and those engaged in cultural action and advocacy worldwide, the opportunity to identify existing resources and locate priority problems in different geocultural areas and at different levels of development.
In view of the interaction between culture and development and the rapid cultural and technological change in the context of continuous globalization, updating information on cultural policies regularly has been an ongoing process since 1995. As the information in the database is continually updated, additional cultural policy profiles will soon be made available via the Culturelink web space in both HTML and Adobe PDF format for online viewing as well as downloading and offline viewing.