Andornot Authentication Manager: Perfect for Managing Access to Online Content

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:25 AM

While there is an ongoing move towards open access content, open data and open source applications, some of our clients do manage subscription-based resources. In some cases a subset of their information resources are available to the public, while more detailed information requires a paid membership. In other cases, all access requires some sort of login.

For these clients, and for anyone wanting to manage access to web-based information resources, we offer the Andornot Authentication Manager.

This web application allows you to limit access to your website content and search applications based on:

  • usernames and passwords;
  • IP addresses (single or ranges); and
  • referring URLs (i.e. incoming links from an intranet or subscriber-only site).

The Authentication Manager controls what a user can see or access based on their role. For example, the general public may have search-only access to brief records, whereas a logged in user can view a full record, access full text or original digitized content, submit requests or orders, etc. This flexibility is perfect for subscription-based sites and services.

The Authentication Manager is designed to work specifically with the Andornot Discovery Interface and Andornot Starter Kit for Inmagic WebPublisher PRO, but can be adapted to other web applications. 

Other features include:

  • account and group profile management;
  • detailed reporting of site access, by account and time period; and
  • subscription and account expiration management.

The Authentication Manager is a .net web application, so designed for Windows Servers and web applications that run on them. The interface is accessible from both desktop and mobile browsers.

Contact us to learn more about the Andornot Authentication Manager.

Andornot's November 2015 Newsletter Now Available

by Jonathan Jacobsen Tuesday, November 17, 2015 9:05 AM

Our November 2015 newsletter has been emailed to subscribers and is available to read here.

In this issue:

  • A Round-up of Andornot's Summer Projects to Inspire You
  • Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events
  • Tips and Tricks: Upgrading to DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO version 15
  • Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News

Contact us to subscribe to the emailed version.

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Let YouTube Transcribe Your Videos for You!

by Jonathan Jacobsen Thursday, November 12, 2015 1:06 PM

Many institutions have videos in their collections, but searching these videos for specific content can be challenging and time-consuming for staff and users alike. You can catalogue the contents of videos so that they are more searchable, but that can take a lot of staff time.

That’s why YouTube’s automated transcription feature is potentially helpful for institutions to have in their repertoire of tools. With a simple click of a button, a timecode synced transcript can be created for videos that you have uploaded to YouTube. While the transcript will definitely have errors, it gives you a great starting point. After editing the transcript can be added to the video’s database record giving your users a way to search the video’s actual contents.

YouTube Transcript

When videos with speech are uploaded to YouTube, closed captions or subtitles are automatically generated. You can see if they are available by looking for the CC button in the bottom right. If the quality of the audio is reasonable, YouTube will also automatically make a text transcript which is accessible under the More hyperlink. This transcription can be copied and pasted into a field in your DB/TextWorks database and corrected while listening along to the video. This text can then be made fully searchable by your WebPublisher PRO or Andornot Discovery Interface software.

Even if you don’t want the videos to be permanently or publicly available on YouTube, you can still take advantage of YouTube’s transcript option. Videos can be uploaded privately, the transcripts generated and then copied and saved elsewhere, before the videos are then removed.

The accuracy of the transcript will depend on several factors, including the quality of the audio, the clarity of the speech and whether the subject matter contains many proper names. Apparently Scottish accents in particular can be problematic, but you can easily review the text first to check the quality.

As always, contact us for assistance to discuss possibilities for adding video transcriptions to your databases and search engines.

Tags: tips | tools | video

SLA Toronto Chapter Annual Holiday Social is December 10, 2015

by Jonathan Jacobsen Monday, November 09, 2015 12:55 PM

Andornot is pleased to once again sponsor the SLA Toronto Chapter Holiday Social on December 10, 2015 in Toronto. This event is held in conjuction with three other Toronto-area groups and is a great chance to mix and mingle in a beautiful building. We hope you will be able to join your colleagues at this event.

What: SLA/OLA-SLC/THLA/FIAA Joint Holiday Social

When: December 10, 2015, 6-8pm (registration starts at 5:30pm)

Where: Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto ON

Cost: $25 members | $40 nonmembers | $15 students & unemployed

SLA Toronto Chapter, the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), Toronto Health Libraries Association (THLA) and Ontario Library Association Special Libraries Committee (OLA-SLC) cordially invite you to this year’s Joint Holiday Social at The Arts and Letters Club.  Join friends and colleagues for a fun-filled evening of holiday cheer.

A selection of hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Details and payment options: http://toronto.sla.org/events/?ee=675

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Join Andornot at the SLA Western Canada Chapter's Year End Event on November 24

by Jonathan Jacobsen Monday, November 02, 2015 4:23 PM

Andornot is delighted to be sponsoring the SLA Western Canada Chapter's 2015 Year End Event, on November 24, 2015. 

This year's topic is "Data Discovery and Visualization" with award-winning data journalist Chad Skelton.

There's a wealth of free data available on government open-data portals and Statistics Canada's website, but figuring out how to find the data you're looking for — and in the file format you need — can be a chore. Chad Skelton will show you how to find the data you need, whether it's where the most bike commuters live, what the most spoken languages in B.C. are or how crime rates have changed over time. Chad will also provide a brief overview of some of the free tools available for visualizing data, including Tableau Public and Google Fusion Tables.

Chad Skelton is a consultant and trainer who worked as a data journalist at The Vancouver Sun from 1998-2015 and has been an instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 2005 where he teaches data visualization. In 2014, Chad won an international Data Journalism Award for his portfolio of work. He has also received the Jack Webster Award, B.C.'s top journalism prize, six times, most recently in 2013 for a data project on political donations and lobbyists in B.C. 

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2014

Location: Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver BC (room C509)

Agenda: 

6:00-6:30pm: Check-in, canapes, and no-host cash bar

6:30-8:00pm: Welcome from Chapter President. Keynote presentation by Chad Skelton.

8:00-8:30pm: Closing remarks, door prizes, and refreshments

For further details and to register, please visit http://wcanada.sla.org/2015/10/31/western-canada-chapter-year-end-event-2/

Andornot is sponsoring this event, and will be there in person, as in past years. We hope to see all of you there.

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