West Vancouver Museum & Archives

by Administrator Saturday, July 16, 2005 12:02 PM
The West Vancouver Museum Online Digital Collection is available at http://www.wvma.net/. The West Vancouver Museum & Archives is a community facility located in the historic Gertrude Lawson House. Officially opened in 1994, it features a dynamic exhibition and educational program, archives, and a gift shop. Operated by the Cultural Services section of the District of West Vancouver Parks and Community Services Department, in association with the West Vancouver Historical Society, the Museum & Archives works with the community as a heritage services resource centre to preserve and make accessible West Vancouver's history and development. The museum and archives object collection represents the history of the West Vancouver area from European settlement to the present day.

The West Vancouver Museum & Archives has used Inmagic software for many years to catalog its collections, and purchased WebPublisher PRO to provide web based searching capabilities. A search brings up a quick list of items in the museum catalog with a hyperlink to the full record with images if available. Andornot assisted with the implementation of a "dynamic include" as the images are actually in a separate, non-linked digital images database. This database allows additional information for each image, such as size, resolution, producer etc. which would not be possible if the images were simply repeating fields in the catalog database. The script is built around the Accession Number field in the catalog full web report, and uses canned search syntax to retrieve digital image records with the matching accession number. The dynamic include allows the placement of the results from the digital images database within the results from the catalog search.

Search on the word "lantern" and check out the images for the first few records in the full record display.

In addition to the searchable Online Collection, the Destinations Time Walk project utilizes data exported from Inmagic databases for the museum catalog, archival holdings, digital images and a dictionary database for capturing information regarding specific people or places.

The Archives is using Archives Online to manage archival accessions and descriptions in accordance with RAD (the Rules for Archival Description). Web access to the descriptions database is in the planning stage.

Contact Andornot for more information

Trinity Western University Archives

by Administrator Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:55 AM
Trinity Western University (TWU) Archives worked with Andornot to create their website complete with searchable database of descriptions of photographs and textual (paper) records. The photographs, which document the history of the University from its founding in 1961 to the present day, number approximately 5,000. The 100 metres of textual records are comprised of university materials as well as special collections and private fonds.

This project was made possible in part through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, the National Archives of Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives. The Archives purchased a single user license of DB/TextWorks in 2001, converted existing finding aids, and continued to catalogue the collection using Archives Online. Archives Online provides a ready to use RAD and ISAD(G) compliant template for cataloguing archival descriptions and includes predefined data entry and report formats. In 2002, the TWU Archives purchased Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher Lite. Andornot designed a new website for the Archives based on the main TWU site at that time and incorporated this template into all the WebPublisher displays.

The Archives home page features a quick search facility plus canned searches which create dynamically updated Finding Aids for the Lyle Wicks and Mel Smith fonds. There is an advanced search page with Andornot's index popups for browsing and pasting index terms, and the search results page features an Andornot drop down script to select reports sorted by relevance, date or by hierarchy. A search on the word "Library" in the keyword box illustrates how the hierarchical display groups records by fonds and level of description. In addition a hyperlink to the fonds level description is provided for each record.

Contact Andornot for more information on Archives Online or our web site design services.

Online ordering project - Lincoln Center Institute

by Administrator Monday, May 16, 2005 11:47 AM
Spring 2005: Andornot has recently upgraded our schools online ordering project for the Lincoln Center Institute in New York. Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) is an arts and education organization whose approach is based on aesthetic education and the writings of such innovators as John Dewey and Maxine Greene. The Institute works in partnership with pre-K through grade twelve educators and degree-granting teacher education programs, and provides numerous professional development opportunities.

LCI, a national leader in arts and education, has been a model for organizations across the nation and abroad. Since its inception it has served over 2.7 million students and some 50,000 educators.

In past years, when Spring came around, LCI would prepare and mail out a hard copy annotated catalog of resource materials to support the Institute's work in their Focus Schools and Teacher Education collaboratives. Resource co-ordinators at these schools would then have 2 months to place their orders for delivery by the time the new school year started in the Fall. LCI staff worked with emails, faxes, Excel spreadsheets etc. to manage the ordering process for multiple titles for 20 or so different schools within this tight timeframe.

In early 2004 Andornot designed an online ordering system using WebPublisher PRO to streamline and enhance this workflow. For the first time, school resource co-ordinators were able to log in to search a web based catalog for works on a specific repertory, or by format, audience level etc. and then place selections in their shopping cart. They were able to see at a glance the total amount of their order, how much they had left in their budget, and could add and remove items until they were satisfied with their selections. Once they submitted their order, their school colleagues were able to view items ordered, along with item order status, to plan their programs for the upcoming year. Open access to the catalog for the general public was simultaneously maintained. See http://www.lcicollections.org/.

This year, 2005, Andornot was commissioned to further enhance the system. A wishlist feature has been added, allowing teachers and teaching artists to identify catalog items as desirable as they browse the catalog. The resource coordinator sees all wishlist requests with attached comments, and can immediately transfer the request to the school's order cart.

Behind the scenes, linked DB/TextWorks databases keep track of the catalog, schools, suppliers and of course the orders themselves. Purchase orders are emailed to vendors from within DB/TextWorks, and the status of the order is updated as each item is received and sent out to the schools. This information is then immediately available via the web interface for schools to track the status of their orders.

Also, of interest to developers, this year the entire project was upgraded to use the Andornot WebPublisher Results Control. The WebPublisher Results Control allows us to contain all HTML results generated by WebPublisher within a .NET environment, giving us programmatic control over content and behaviour of WebPublisher results before they leave the server, but without resorting to ODBC or SOAP so all native WebPublisher functionality is retained. For the LCI project, this meant all the original forms designed within the catalog database continued to be used, but we were now able to programmatically manipulate "add to cart" and "add to wishlist" features based on both record content and user login role, server-side. We thus were able to simultaneously increase the muscle power of the LCI application while reducing time-to-complete. The WebPublisher Results Control is part of the Andornot WebPublisher Developer Kit.

The schools online ordering project is one of two that Andornot has created for the Lincoln Center Institute. An interface to the Pforzheimer/LCI Catalog of the resource collection at the Heckscher Foundation Resource Center of the Lincoln Center Institute can be seen at http://www.lcicat.org/.

Contact Andornot for more information on our shopping/request carts, and the WebPublisher Developer Kit.

New Client website - Kitimat Museum

by Administrator Wednesday, March 16, 2005 2:29 PM
Through a grant from BC Digital Collections, the museum was able to purchase DB/TextWorks and Archives Online to catalog images covering the construction of the ALCAN smelter, facilities and town of Kitimat. Andornot assisted in development of the website and created HTML pages based on output from Archives Online. See http://www.kitimatmuseum.ca/.

BC Cancer Agency launches revamped site with request option

by Administrator Monday, September 27, 2004 9:02 AM
The BCCA library catalogue now allows users to place requests to borrow items using Andornot Consulting's shopping/request cart technology. For more information on our requesting cart visit our WebPublisher Cart Add-on page.

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