Monday, May 28, 2012 2:10 PM
St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario recently asked Andornot to help upgrade the presentation of its online archival collections. The collection includes digitized photographs, school yearbooks and alumni magazines dating back to the school’s first years in the 1900s. The upgraded site provides alumni and others with a fascinating journey through the school’s history. Alumni may now browse and search very easily for memories of their time at SAC.
Andornot upgraded the SAC archives’ DB/TextWorks database to the latest version of our Archives Starter Kit, upgrading the desktop forms and query screens as well as the web application. Some highlights of the new website include:
- Social bookmarking and permalinks allow users to share records with friends via email, Facebook, Twitter and other online services.
- Results may be viewed in a gallery-style grid layout or in a more traditional list, as well as sorted by relevance, title and date.
- The website features the front cover image of yearbooks and alumni magazines; however, the full contents have been digitized and are hosted by the Internet Archive. Search results provide links to view content in various formats, including PDF and as an online flipbook. See, for example, this record: http://archives.sac.on.ca/permalink/925 and its View Online Flipbook link.
- The photo commenting feature allows users to identify students and others in photographs. Users can circle individual people or faces in a photograph and provide the name or other comments for that person. Comments are emailed to the school archivist for review and to update records.
- Thumbnails and enlarged images are generated dynamically from a single master image.
- The selection list allows users to save or print the list, as well as to mark records of interest to email to themselves or to friends. In the future, users may be able to order reprints of photographs online.
- The new website layout complements the school website for a seamless transition from one web application to another.
Andornot created many of the archival records from a data conversion: SAC had digitized thousands of photographs, all saved to DVD. Andornot took those image files, extracted identifying information such as name and dates, and used that information to create initial records. This saved considerable time compared with manual database entry for each record. The College archivist will enhance the records further with names and other identifying information, in part from comments received through the photo commenting feature.
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Contact Andornot to learn about upgrading your school’s online archives or photograph collection to a similar level.
Monday, November 21, 2011 4:49 PM
Andornot has recently completed several exciting upgrades to the Heritage Burnaby website. The Archives received funding to digitize and create a web search interface to audio interviews on cassettes or reel to reel tapes from the last fifty years. These interviews give an intimate glimpse into the lives of the Burnaby pioneers, and cover a wide range of subjects. One of the common themes is the struggles that the Municipality and Burnaby families faced during the 1930s when the City went into receivership and unemployment was widespread.
As an interview could be more than an hour long, each was split into 5-10 minute tracks. Behind the scenes Inmagic TextWorks databases were established to capture information on the Master recording with metadata including the interviewee, date interviewed, interviewer and detailed biographical notes. An image file showing either the interviewee or a relevant image such as the location or house discussed in the interview was also added. Each track was then described individually and associated with the master record. Information includes the scope and content of each track, the date range, the subjects discussed and the historical neighbourhood.
The new web interface allows users to search for any word or phrase across the descriptive fields, or by interviewee, subject or neighbourhood. There is also an option to browse a listing of all the interviews.
Just adding a link for a user to click and then download an audio file was not an option. Most users do not want to wait for a track to download, and they may not have an installed media player that supports the audio format. Playback therefore relies on jPlayer, an open source HTML5 audio/video library which intelligently falls back to Adobe Flash when necessary to provide a consistent interface in all browsers.
“We are thrilled with the flexible and user-friendly interface that has allowed us to make these records publicly accessible for the first time. By also adding the oral history database to the OneSearch feature on our site, researchers have the ability to find all related records, regardless of medium or format. This will be an extremely useful tool for our users.” [Arilea Sill, City Archivist]
Check out last week’s article in the Burnaby NewsLeader - Oral histories online provide fascinating look at Burnaby history or contact us for further information.
Friday, November 18, 2011 9:38 AM
The AABC website has re-launched with a new design in honour of Archives Week 2011 and the second anniversary of Memorybc.ca. This project was made possible through NADP funding from Heritage Canada, Library & Archives Canada, and the Canadian Council of Archives. Through an RFP process, the AABC executive selected Andornot to design the new site and migrate the current content.
As part of the mandate of the project, the design incorporates elements of the Memory BC look and feel, with the use of the same header image and colors. The AABC logo was also updated to a more modern style. The structure of the site was re-organized to group pages under 5 main headings and all the content was migrated and reformatted. Older newsletters were converted into PDF’s rather than trying to retain over 900 HTML pages and images.
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Behind the scenes the site uses the open source Umbraco content management system and is hosted by Andornot. Individual members of the executive and volunteers now have rights to edit specific sections or pages, and to upload documents into a Media Library. The WYSIWYG content editor allows them to easily type in content, or to copy and paste from other programs. No knowledge of HTML is required as stylesheets control the formatting.
The home page is now automatically populated by recent entries from a news blog with an RSS feed. The same approach has been used for positions listed on the Job Board. Umbraco offers a Publish /Unpublish date feature so jobs can automatically be set to disappear after the closing date.
Redesigning and migrating a site with so much content created over many years presented some challenges, and we are very grateful for the responsiveness of the AABC executive to our suggestions and recommendations.
“Our site needed updating for many years. The new site is much more user-friendly and is very easy to edit. Information is easier to find for our members and users, and will allow more control and diverse functionality for the AABC executive and contractors. We really like our new logo and how much the overall look and feel matches MemoryBC.ca. Andornot’s knowledge of the BC archival community helped to make this project run smoothly.” Jane Morrison, AABC President.
Please contact Andornot for more information.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:01 PM
Please check out the latest issue of our newsletter.
Latest Andornot Projects
Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Geological Survey Catalogues Now Online
Discover gospel, jazz, blues, and rock and roll gems in the newly amalgamated Center for Popular Music textbase
Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches
- Vancouver Island Health Authority library launches new catalogue interface and joins HLABC OneSearch
- New Search and Discovery Tools
- Budget time?
New Training Schedule
Andornot on the Road
Tweets of Interest
Tips and Tricks
- Gather User Feedback with a Simple Comment Link
- Utilities to Simplify Common Tasks
Please contact us for further information or to be added to our newsletter list.
Thursday, September 08, 2011 3:25 PM
The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) Library recently switched from an in-house built library catalogue system to Inmagic’s DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO, becoming the fifth British Columbia health authority to do so. The new system provides staff in all the VIHA hospitals and health-related offices (and from their homes and elsewhere, too) access to more features than were previously offered. Because the catalogue is on the Internet, the public can use it too, although requesting items is limited to staff only. Several of the VIHA library staff have used Inmagic software in other library settings and were delighted to be using it again.
The VIHA library catalogue on the web: http://viha.andornot.com is based on the Andornot Starter Kit and features Quick and Advanced search screens, a few popular topic searches – using canned searches. The search results include Google book covers, which add both colour to the site and links to more details about each book; icons for quick material type identification; Permalinks to provide a link that remains unchanged over time (for sharing and bookmarking); and functions for Ordering requests and Email, Save and Print for sharing or personal use.
They now join other BC Health Authorities, including Fraser Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Interior Health, and similar health organizations; all using the same backend Inmagic software. As a result, this facilitated the inclusion of the VIHA catalogue into the popular Health Libraries Association of BC (HLABC) OneSearch where search terms can be entered into a single search box and all the catalogues can be searched quickly at the same time. Librarians from all the health authorities have commented how much they like to use the OneSearch system to locate items not in their collection, thus providing a time saving search mechanism and a wonderful resource sharing tool.
Both the new features in the VIHA catalogue and the inclusion in the HLABC OneSearch system provide greater functionality to all the VIHA users, including both staff and public alike. Cliff Cornish, Regional Manager, Library Services, comments:
“It is wonderful to finally have a modern OPAC, and it is great to be able to participate with the other Health Authority Libraries in the HLABC search.”
For further information, contact Andornot.