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In This Issue
Meet with Andornot in Toronto Next Week: January 27 - 29, 2016
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 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 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
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.
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:
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
As 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.
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