The mapped buildings can be accessed by clicking on the provinces or the “search” button in the frame on the map’s upper left corner. Provinces on the map are defined through color gradation according to the density of mapped buildings in a given province. The number of mapped buildings in the provinces can be seen by moving the cursor across the density map. Clicking on a province displays all of the buildings that are mapped in that province, clustering them according to their geographical distribution. Each circle represents a cluster, while the number written inside the circle represents the number of buildings in a given cluster. By clicking on the clusters, users can change the scale of the map and zoom in to a level of more detailed information on individual buildings.
The “search” button in the frame on the upper left corner of the map expands the frame when clicked and arrays specific criteria for searching buildings. The first line in the frame is for searching by entering the name of a building or of a place (district, village, and neighborhood). Under this line are listed the following criteria, according to which the search may be filtered: “province,” “district,” “village/neighborhood” (with both their current and old names), “ethnic group,” “denomination” (activated only when “Armenian” is selected as ethnic category), “original function,” and “current function.” Single or multiple selections in different filtering criteria may be combined with a name in the search line to retrieve more elaborate results. The two boxes under the filters titled “registered” and “has image” limit the results of the search to the buildings that have been registered as cultural heritage by the Committee to Protect Cultural Heritage and its regional branches and to those that are presented with photographs here.
Once the criteria are selected, the “search” button at the bottom right corner of the frame can be used for retrieving buildings to be shown on the map. The number of buildings that meet the selected criteria is displayed at the upper right corner of the map. The search may be narrowed down by adding further criteria. However, in order to make changes on the criteria other than adding new ones, the search must be started afresh by using the “clear search” button. To go back to the map, on which the provinces are colored according to the density of mapped buildings, the “intensity map” button in the frame on the upper left corner of the map must be clicked.
The search results are depicted on the map with icons according to their original function and ethnic group or with clusters according to their geographical density. It is possible to adjust the map’s zoom level by clicking on the clusters, so that each individual building can be viewed as an icon. By clicking on an icon, the viewer opens a small information box that includes the name of the building (when known), the type of the building, the ethnic group to which it belongs, date and number of its official registration as cultural heritage (when available), and a photograph (when available). The information box also features a “further information” link at the bottom right that opens a new tab with information on the approximate location and (when available) history of a given building, as well as references for the historical information and more images (when available). The search criteria are retained on the original page. It is possible to open more than one tab featuring detailed information in order to compare different buildings.
Users may suggest changes and/or additions to the information on the map by filling outthe form that can be accessed through the link titled “suggest a new building” under “contribute” from among the list of tabs to the right of the map or through the new tab opened by clicking on the “edit information” button that can be found on the detail tabs of individual buildings. For sharing visual material such as photographs, postcards, and drawings, users can use the “submit image” button, likewise found on the detail tabs of individual buildings, as well as the “click to add” button underneath the “no image” notification that appears directly on the small information box on the map for buildings in the database with no images.