Heritage BC Award for Burnaby oral history project

by Kathy Bryce Monday, October 29, 2012 10:44 AM

We are delighted to share that at the Heritage BC Annual Awards ceremony on October 19th, 2012 Heritage Burnaby was presented with an Award of Honour for the 2011 Burnaby Oral History Project.

“These awards, presented annually, acknowledge important contributions and exceptional efforts to increase awareness of and support for heritage resources.  This honour was given to the City of Burnaby in recognition of the work that had been done at the City Archives to digitize the Burnaby Oral History Collection.  Approximately 40 interviews of long-time Burnaby residents were digitized and can now be heard online, thanks in large part to the new oral history databases developed by Andornot.  The new databases allow the interviews to be indexed, uploaded, searched and streamed online for the first time.  In addition, with the infrastructure now in place, new interviews are being collected with more and more Burnaby stories being captured and preserved for the benefit of all our citizens – current and future. 

The ongoing relationship we enjoy with Andornot continues to promote innovative and inspiring projects such as the oral history program, and we look forward to building on this success in the years to come.”  [Arilea Sill, City Archivist.]

More information on the oral history project can be found in our blog post or take a look at the web interface to the the database.

Canadian Medical Association Develops New PTMA PolicyBase

by Denise Bonin Monday, September 17, 2012 11:49 AM

PTMAQuickSearchPageProvincial and territorial medical associations (PTMA) in Canada set policies on various issues such as emergency room overcrowding, nurse practitioners, electronic medical record keeping, prescription drug usage, etc. for their particular jurisdiction. The Health Policy and Research (HP&R) department of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) was asked to create a repository of these policy documents and make them available to all PTMAs. The library was already managing a database of CMA policies and was asked by HP&R to set up a similar database for the PTMAs.

Andornot worked with the CMA library team, led by Reference Librarian Elizabeth Czanyo, and the association’s IT department, to set up a password protected database using the Andornot Starter Kit (ASK), DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO, with the following features:

    • Full text document searching and display
    • Link to PDF document
    • Referring URL security
    • Email, Save and Print cart
    • Permalinks to each policy
    • Search, display and cart all in same template
    • Bilingual: English and French
    • Search result sorting by Title, Date and PTMA Author

Now researchers at each PTMA can access and compare policies from various jurisdictions, assisting them in the creation of their own policies.

Elizabeth Czanyo says, “I think the database will be a useful tool for our provincial partners, and help them collaborate in policy creation across the country. Working with Denise Bonin and her team at Andornot was great – they were fast, professional and really knew their stuff!”

West Vancouver Archives Gives Search Website a “Tune-Up”

by Jonathan Jacobsen Wednesday, August 08, 2012 11:00 AM

The West Vancouver Archives has been using Inmagic DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO to manage their archival collections and provide public search access for many years.

WestVan8Aug2012With a grant this year from the BC History Digitization Program, the archives was able to have Andornot give the search website a “tune-up”, adding some new features and improving some existing ones.

  • We added Google Analytics and enabled WebPublisher PRO query logging to help obtain a picture of how users interact with the website and what they search for.
  • We added permalinks and an AddThis “Share” button to allow users to more easily bookmark and share information found by their searches.
  • We added a simple “Email us a comment about this record” link to allow users to provide feedback, corrections and other information on records.
  • We added the Andornot selection list application so that users can add items to a temporary list as they search, then email, save or print the list, as well as submit a request to the archives for more information. (This feature can also be extended to allow ordering of photographic reprints, for example).
  • We tidied up some of the search and results pages to make searching easier and results clearer to view and navigate.

“I’m very pleased we were able to add these features within the budget I had available,” says Shaunna Moore, Archivist at the West Vancouver Archives. “I immediately had requests for particular records, and comments from users who provided additional information about our materials. The new functionality has improved our understanding of how our website is being used and streamlined our interactions with researchers.”

You can try out the new features here.

Contact us to discuss a tune-up for your website.

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.

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches Enhanced Search and Mobile Interface

by Jonathan Jacobsen Monday, June 25, 2012 5:15 PM

In June 2011, Andornot helped launch a new website and database for the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network. This site uses the Umbraco CMS to provide information on Canadian Jewish history, and includes two databases of archival and genealogical information, powered by Inmagic WebPublisher PRO and DB/TextWorks.

This June we’ve helped upgrade the site with two new features: an enhanced, multi-database search, and a mobile interface.

Enhanced, Multi-Database Search

The enhanced search is available on the Explore page and uses the Apache Solr search engine to index and search the two separate Inmagic databases (which remain available on the site). Results from both databases are integrated and sorted by relevance, using the sophisticated algorithms in Solr to present the best matches to the user. This feature is particularly useful to genealogical researchers as a “Did you mean” capability can alert them to misspellings or name variations. For example:

CJHN OneSearch

Mobile Interface

IMG_0467To access the mobile interface, simply open www.cjhn.ca in your mobile browser. You’ll be automatically redirected to the mobile view, with all the same content as the full site, but formatted to fit the smaller view of a mobile device.

The mobile view was created by extending the Umbraco CMS with additional templates and stylesheets. This allows CJHN to write content once, but display it in the format most suitable to the viewer.

Contact Andornot to upgrade your own web application to feature a mobile view or enhanced search options.

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