Happy New Year!

In This Issue

Meet with Andornot in Toronto Next Week: January 27 - 29, 2016

OLS SuperConference Kathy Bryce will be in the Andornot booth at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto from January 27 - 29, and available in the days leading up to it for meetings and consultations. Contact Kathy to request a free pass to the exhibits or arrange a visit to your office, or simply stop by the booth to say hi.


Andornot's Latest Projects

New Search Options for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Library and Archives

The Storebox The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania maintains a collection of over 270,000 resources related to railroading in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The collection is diverse - historical, political, cultural, social, economic, and technological - and emphasizes its development from the 1830s through the present day. Every manner of printed materials is in the collection, from annual reports to timetables, as well as an extensive set of photographs and negatives. A reference library contains books, periodicals, railroad association and union publications, government documents, and trade catalogues.

Data is managed with Inmagic DB/TextWorks and until recently, searched with a web interface developed by Andornot many years ago. Last year, the museum began a project with us to develop a new, modern search engine using the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI). This is now available at http://rrmuseumpa.andornot.com

The combination of DB/TextWorks as the back-end and AnDI for public searching is an ideal combination for this organization and it's users. DB/TextWorks provides all the features and simplicity the museum volunteers and staff need to manage the collection, while AnDI's spelling corrections and synonym lists, among other features, help users find resources quickly.

Read more about this project in this blog post.

The Storebox - an Online Repository of Christian Social Media Usage

The Storebox The Storebox is a digital repository of interesting, illuminating, best practices of new and social media use by Christian communities. The Storebox highlights what Christian communities and leaders (lay and ordained) are doing with digital technologies to share the gospel (as they understand it), to connect communities, and to envision/incarnate "church" in the digital age.

The Storebox is a project of the New Media Project at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. It contains case studies, collections, and exhibits curated by students at Fordham University, in New York City, under the direction of Professor Kathryn Reklis.

Using the open-source Omeka content management and virtual exhibit system, Prof. Reklis and her students have built a diverse collection of examples of Christian usage of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, podcasts, blogs, plain old websites and more.

Read more about this project in this blog post.

Tips and Tricks

Open Local Files from DB/TextWorks Search Results

DBTextWorks File Link Suppose you have a field called FileLink in a database, and you have a collection of PDFs or similar documents on your network. And suppose you want to catalogue these, enter the name of the PDF in the FileLink field, and then in DB/TextWorks search results, have the file name appear as a link that you can click to open the file.

This blog post will show you how to modify a DB/TextWorks record display form, such as the one from the Andornot Starter Kit, to make this happen in a few easy steps.

Upgrade DB/TextWorks to Version 15

Don't forget that DB/TextWorks version 15 has been available for about half a year now. Many of you have upgraded, but if you haven't yet, do be sure to to take advantage of features such as:

  • New Field Type: Rich Text. The Rich Text field type permits you to change fonts (font name, size, color, bolding, italics, etc.) within a single field, align text, create bulleted lists, and so on.
  • New Field Type: Call Number. When records are sorted by a field using the Call Number field type, Call Numbers are sorted in the correct order.
  • Email Enhancements: Email dialogue more closely resembles sending mail from an email client, and includes fields for additional message text and a signature.
  • Substitution Lists: Additional Field Types now support Substitution Lists: Call Number, Code, Image, Link, and Number.
  • Import Document. Improved IFilter text extraction for PDF files, especially those with text in the margin. Also, line breaks are added after each period-space (". ") to improve readability.

and more - see list here. (Note that you must be a current subscriber to the Inmagic Maintenance Program to obtain version 15 - contact us if your subscription has lapsed.

If you use a web search interface developed by Andornot with Inmagic WebPublisher, be sure to read this blog post and the necessary steps to take as part of this upgrade.

Using Named Entity Recognition to Generate Searchable Metadata

We all know that good metadata makes for a positive and productive search experience for users. While full-text extraction and indexing are terrific, there's still a place for controlled vocabularies and human-managed authority files. Of course, it takes time to add these to bibliographic records and archival descriptions.

We're very excited about a project underway at Stanford University on natural language processing and named entity recognition. In a nutshell, this project's software does a fine job of reading a passage of text, as long as you like, and finding within it the names of people, organizations and locations. This metadata can be indexed by search engine or applied to a database record to improve the metadata already in it. The software can analyze documents much, much faster than a person of course. This computer-assisted approach to cataloguing and archival description may offer the best of both worlds: great metadata, produced more quickly.

The screenshot above shows a passage of text processed by the engine, with entities identified (click to enlarge). Read more about this in this blog post.

Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News

Follow Andornot on TwitterAs we come across news, projects, resources and other items we think might be of interest to our clients, we tend to post a quick tweet on our Twitter page, rather than a longer blog post. We've included a selection of recent tweets in this newsletter, but encourage you to follow us on Twitter.

Andornot Consulting Inc.
1700 - 808 Nelson St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6Z 2H2
tel. 604-269-2525 or 1-866-266-2525 | info@andornot.com | www.andornot.com | twitter.com/andornot (@andornot)