Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:20 PM
Andornot has been working with the City of Burnaby for the last three years, first on the development of the Heritage Burnaby website and then on adding the ability to comment on images in their photo collection. Now this exciting new Charting Change atlas allows users to see how historical events, ranging from First Nations settlement to the founding of Fort Langley in 1825, through to the Depression and post-war housing boom have shaped the community of Burnaby. In 2001, Burnaby’s Community Heritage Commission initiated a project to create an atlas mapping all protected heritage resources and other historic sites in Burnaby, illustrating the evolution of the city. Last year the City approached Andornot to design a new, interactive version of the atlas and funding was obtained through the Canadian Culture Online Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Behind the scenes, the information shown on each map point is pulled from the existing Inmagic databases currently searchable from the Heritage Burnaby website. Heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and neighbourhoods are plotted and linked to the records for photographs, artifacts, textual records and bylaws. Tools and resources from all of Burnaby's Heritage partners - the City Archives, the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Planning Department and the Burnaby Historical Society - are combined to provide a unique perspective of Burnaby.
Coincidentally, Google Street Views became available in the lower mainland, the day of the kick off meeting for this project. We were able to include this new capability so that users can zoom into many of the heritage sites and historic buildings to view them in their present context - a truly unique feature that offers a rare glimpse of how the landscape of Burnaby has evolved.
"We have worked with Andornot for the past three years, developing our website and our collections management systems. Some of the most novel features of our site - particularly the use of Google Street Views in this latest project - have been a direct result of Andornot's creativity and innovation and we are once again thrilled with the final product." [Arilea Sill, Municipal Archivist, City of Burnaby Archives.]
Please contact Andornot for further information.
Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:00 AM
Although our website may look much the same, we have recently made radical changes behind the scenes. We have switched to using a Content Management System (CMS) to allow us to better maintain the website, simplify editing and keep track of all changes. We are using Umbraco, an open source CMS based on Microsoft’s ASP.NET. Moving the site content over was easy, as Umbraco has a WYSIWYG editor and we were simply able to copy and paste the pages. We made some edits as we went along and re-arranged the navigation so you may find pages you had bookmarked have moved or that you are redirected to new sections. As anyone maintaining a website knows, upkeep is an ongoing process. Umbraco features great tools for saving drafts for review by others; the ability to publish and unpublish pages on set dates; and captures all edits so that pages can be rolled back if needed.
As part of the migration we also made changes to our blogs and instead of using Blogger we have switched to BlogEngine.Net. Our blogs are the most visited section of our site and this has allowed us to offer more functionality with a categorized and easily searchable archive. We are also starting to integrate RSS feeds from the various blog categories into pages on our site, so that for example our page about Inmagic Genie will automatically update with the latest blog posts tagged as relating to Genie. Our Twitter feed now appears on our blog page.
One of our core areas of expertise is integrating Inmagic WebPublisher PRO search and results screens into a site template, so we of course made sure that the various pages on our site that include records from our database of sites using Inmagic software also seamlessly fit within our new Umbraco template.
We are thrilled with the functionality and ease of use of Umbraco and are now offering Umbraco site design and hosting to clients interested in updating their website or creating a new one. Please contact us to discuss possibilities and pricing.
We also always welcome any comments on our website, especially topics that you would like to see included.
Monday, January 04, 2010 3:24 PM
In their latest newsletter, Inmagic reseller Maxus of Australia reports on a client developing an export from Inmagic Genie to the EndNote bibliographic citation software. This is using the new functionality to add extra reports to the InfoCart which was introduced in service pack 1 for Genie version 3.3.
“Many Inmagic textbases contain bibliographic records for items that users wish to cite when preparing conference papers or other reports. EndNote is one of the citation tools that is widely used for this purpose and we have often been asked whether it is possible to transfer data from Inmagic textbases into EndNote. Until recently the only way we were aware of to do this was to export a comma delimited file of the required records, that EndNote could import.
However, when Jenny Ward, Information Officer at Women’s Health Victoria asked about users being able to do this from the WHV Genie Catalogue recently, we realised that a new approach was required. In her training on the use of EndNote, Jenny learned that one of the EndNote import formats could be readily reproduced as a Genie report, so she went ahead and designed exactly that report.
We were then able to add the report as an option in the Genie InfoCart activity list. Users can now search in Genie, save the required records into the Cart, then use the Cart to list the items in a report from which the set of citations can be copied into a text file and imported into EndNote. It’s a neat solution.
See it in action in the WHV catalogue at http://resources.whv.org.au/InmagicGenie/opac.aspx.
After searching for some items, click “Add to Cart” for one or two, then click the Cart link to open the Cart. Select Plain Text Tagged in the drop down list, then click Go to see the resulting page, from which records can be saved.”
Please contact us if you need consulting assistance to add extra reports such as this to your Inmagic Genie implementation.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 9:23 PM
Andornot is pleased to announce completion of a contract with Metro Vancouver to replace the integrated library system used by its Harry Lash Library.
Metro Vancouver provides water, sewerage, parks, housing, and planning services to member municipalities in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. The Harry Lash Library, located in Metro Vancouver's headquarters, was established in 1971 and provides services for staff, member municipal staff, elected officials, students, consultants and the general public.
Metro Vancouver selected the Inmagic Library Suite, comprising TextWorks, WebPublisher PRO and Genie, to replace a Horizon system as its primary ILS, with implementation and consulting services from Andornot.
Andornot conducted an extensive configuration of Genie to reflect the particular needs and workflow of library staff and Metro Vancouver's complex infrastructure. This major project required rigorous testing before transitioning to production, with separate environments and databases for internal and external users. Knowledge transfer to Metro Vancouver's IT department was an important component to allow them to handle ongoing maintenance and modifications to the system.
Metro Vancouver uses MS SharePoint for both its internet and Intranet sites. For the intranet, the Genie OPAC was adjusted to fit within a SharePoint page viewer web part. Single sign on to MyGenie has been enabled for staff to easily view any active loans or order requests. For the public internet site, Andornot built a web interface based on our Andornot Starter Kit, which is also embedded in a SharePoint page viewer web part. Previously unavailable except to Metro Vancouver staff, the public catalogue is now available for searching by staff at member municipalities and other core library users.
An automatic data extraction utility, coupled with the Inmagic PowerPack Importer, automates the process of keeping Genie's Borrowers and login databases synchronized with Metro Vancouver's Active Directory system. More information on this process is available in this blog post. This utility is also used to extract selected records for the external OPAC.
"Throughout our project I was consistently impressed by Andornot's expertise, patience, and perseverance as they worked their way through a complex data migration and implementation process. They were painstaking in their information-gathering process and achieved a near-flawless data conversion despite having to convert data from both a MARC and Access environment. They provided thoughtful solutions to our localized requirements and were always ready to answer our many questions. We are very happy with the new features such as enhanced searching, canned searches, "My Genie" features, and our brand new external Web catalogue." [Thora Gislason, Librarian, Harry Lash Library]
Please contact Andornot for more information on the Inmagic Library Suite or our consulting services.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 4:13 PM
Metro Vancouver library staff and Andornot will discuss their Inmagic Genie implementation, and their new publicly searchable catalog created with Andornot's Starter Kit and Inmagic WebPublisher PRO.
Andornot will demonstrate how Google Book Covers can be added to search results and how to add a Share button to individual records to facilitate social bookmarking and emailing links.
Have a question about an Inmagic product that's been on your mind? Bring it to the meeting and ask us and your fellow users. If there are any particular topics you would like us to cover, please email us in advance.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
3:00 to 5:00 pm
4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C.
The Metro Vancouver offices are a 5-10 minute walk from either Metrotown or Patterson Skytrain stations. There is parking underneath the building with access from Kemp Street.
There will be a sign in the lobby directing you to the meeting room.
RSVP by December 1st to Thora Gislason
Contact us for more information.