Once all the year-by-year results were collected, with team and scorer details included where available, and put online here on the blog, I thought that was that in relation to the results archive.
In terms of making the archive available for people to browse through, the job was done alright. But that meant its full potential remained untapped, as it wasn’t possible to search it on a systematic basis.
What I’m delighted to announce today is that the archive is now searchable. If you click on the tab above, you’ll arrive at a new landing page for the archive (here), where, as well as continuing to be able to browse historical results year-by-year (here), there’s now a new option to search the archive – that’s here.
The new search tool enables the archive database to be interrogated in a variety of ways. You can filter by opposition, year, competition, grade, venue and match outcome. But that’s not all because the tool also enables a search to be done for matches by reference to an individual player, which means that searches can be filtered to quite a forensic level of granularity.
Needless to say, I’m not responsible for this major upgrade to the archive. The man who is will be known to many of you as Ultair, who is a long-standing contributor to the debate here on the blog.
Ultair explained to me that the results archive dataset was tailor-made for a search function of this kind and when he showed me the demo version he was at pains to point out that this was no big deal in terms of database development.
I’ve no reason to doubt that’s the case but, in terms of the added functionality the search tool brings to the archive, it’s a very big deal indeed. Go on, give it a go yourself – you’re sure to be wowed by it.
The development of the results archive here on the blog has always been a collective exercise and I remain very grateful to those who pitched in – in the fine tradition of the Mayo Meitheal – to lighten the load and speed up the job.
Ultair is the latest member of the Meitheal and it’s because of his work that there’s now a searchable results archive available to all here on the blog. I know you’ll join me in thanking him for the work he’s done to bring this project to successful conclusion.