Andornot Newsletter - July 2012

by Kathy Bryce Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:30 AM

Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.

Andornot News

  • Andornot at SLA
  • Andornot expanding in Eastern Canada
  • More than just technology expertise
  • Andornot Discovery Interface available

Inmagic News

  • Inmagic Genie 3.5 released
  • Presto for DB/Text announced
  • Inmagic July 2012 newsletter

Recent Projects

  • St Andrew’s College Photographs, Yearbooks and Alumni Magazines Online
  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches Enhanced Search and Mobile Interface

Tweets of Interest

Tips and Tricks

  • User files

Cool Tool:

  • Evernote

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Canadian Conservation Institute Launches Andornot Discovery Interface

by Peter Tyrrell Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:43 PM

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in Ottawa, a long-time Andornot client, required a new version of their bilingual online catalogue and staff bibliography that would pass the strict requirements of W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Andornot helped CCI boost the requirement into an opportunity to add new features, including facets, multi-database search, spelling suggestions, and faster search performance.

The CCI Library has one of the largest conservation and museology collections in the world. The collections are regarded as an important source for conservation and museology literature on a wide variety of topics, such as preventive conservation, industrial collections, architectural heritage, fire and safety protection, museum planning, archaeological conservation, preservation in storage and display, exhibition design, disaster preparedness, and museum education. The holdings include a large selection of books on textiles, furniture, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, and archaeological and ethnological objects.

-- "CCI Library". Canadian Conservation Institute. Retrieved 4 July 2012.

cci-results-facetedThe upgraded website uses the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI for short), a modern and highly configurable web application that tempers cutting-edge open source search technology with many years of Andornot experience in search-focused design.

It was possible to meet WCAG compliance because AnDI provides complete control over every HTML tag and CSS statement. The HTML5 structure presents a clean cross-browser template that reads well on mobile devices and has backwards-compatible support for older browsers.

The CCI Library's French and English versions were created with AnDI's built-in multilingual support, and are triggered through the presence of "en" or "fr" in the URL. Moving from one to another is a smooth transition: a user can switch the page language at any time without interrupting their experience or being redirected to a start page. Even errors and page-not-found messages are bilingual.

Facets and spelling suggestions (and many other features) are made possible by AnDI's open source search technology: Apache Solr. Solr is blazing fast, optimized for full-text search on the web, and relied on by some of the biggest names on the internet.

Every page is bookmarkable because the URL always holds the information needed to reconstruct the page. This makes the site friendly to permalinks and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

The CCI Library retains its catalogue and staff bibliography collections in separate Inmagic DB/TextWorks databases that staff continue to update through its familiar desktop interface. Updates are extracted and indexed by Solr automatically on a regular basis via Andornot's Data Extraction Utility (internally we nickname it 'Extract-o-matic') from a Powershell script. The index schema is a Dublin Core derived metadata element set that Andornot helped to map to both collections.

 

andi-element-lozenge-1.0_188x188AnDI can be configured to reflect any field set from any data store or database, as well as rich documents such as PDF and Word, images with EXIF metadata, etc. Contact Andornot about AnDI for your own collection.

AnDI–A New Discovery Interface from Andornot

by Jonathan Jacobsen Thursday, July 05, 2012 9:26 AM

Andornot has been championing discovery interfaces as the next generation of search interface for online collections for the past few years. We firmly believe they provide the best means for connecting users with the ever-growing amount of resources available online. While they have been widely adopted by public and academic libraries, and many other online content providers, they are not yet often used as the search interface for more specialized collections.

We’re pleased to announce the availability of a solution specifically designed for these situations: AnDI, the Andornot Discovery Interface.

AnDI-featuresAnDI is a web application based on both the Apache Solr search engine and our own extensive experience in developing search interfaces.

It provides the features users expect in a search interface in 2012, including:

  • relevancy-based search results;
  • automatic search term stemming and spelling corrections; and
  • facets to allow refinement of those results.

The intention is to deliver the most useful resources to the user in their initial search, but allow them to quickly narrow down the results further.

Great for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Other Collections

While other discovery interface systems, such as VuFind, are ideal for bibliographic data, AnDI works well with all descriptive formats. AnDI’s search index is based on the Dublin Core metadata standard, to accommodate materials described in many different ways. This includes archival descriptions, museum artifact records, bibliographic records, and more. By mapping fields from different data sources into the Dublin Core schema, almost anything can be made discoverable through AnDI.

AnDI includes permalinks and social bookmarking features to help users act on the results they find. Additional features are available to customize AnDI for specific projects (details are in our AnDI data sheet).

AnDI is a great choice for all organizations wishing to update their online collections to a system that meets their users’ expectations for a search experience.

Data Sources

AnDI can utilize a variety of data sources. This allows clients to retain their familiar legacy systems such as Inmagic DB/TextWorks, MS Access, Excel or other proprietary software for all data entry and other administrative tasks, and yet provide their end users with a sophisticated front end web interface. AnDI can also be tied into SQL Server for a completely web based application for both data entry and searching.

Example Sites

More Information

Further technical details and a data sheet with features and system requirement is available here.

Please contact us to discuss how to upgrade your search interface to AnDI, VuFind or a similar solution.

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