The Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI) is a modern web-based search engine and discovery interface, ideal for indexing and searching diverse collections of information.
- Ability to index and quickly and simultaneously search a large number of records from DB/TextWorks databases and other data sources.
- Excellent keyword search engine and relevancy-ranked search results.
- Automatic spelling corrections and “did you mean?” search suggestions.
- Full text indexing of linked documents.
- Facets, such as collection, subjects, names (authors/creators), places, dates, and material types, to allow users to quickly and simply refine their search.
- A selection list allows users to mark items of interest as they search, then view, print or email the list, as well as complete a form to email a request to staff for those items.
- If photographs or images are in your collections, they will be automatically sized to fit the website, and optionally watermarked, by the Andornot Image Handler add-on.
- Permalinks for sharing, bookmarking and indexing by search engines such as Google and Bing.
- Easy to create canned query links and creation of featured resources and collections.
- RSS Feeds, such as of newly added records.
- Most features of AnDI comply with WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines, to increase accessibility by users of varying abilities.
- Use of the Twitter Bootstrap responsive framework ensures AnDI is as usable on a tablet and modern smartphone as in a desktop browser.
Archives, Museums and Art Galleries
- The Museum of Health Care.
- The Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives.
- La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.
- The Bulkley Valley Museum.
- The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Library and Archives.
- Heritage Burnaby.
- The United Farmers Historical Society.
- The Ontario Jewish Archives - search interface and Landmarks mapping.
- The College of Registered Nurses of B.C. Archives.
- The Collections of the Burnaby Art Gallery.
- The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network.
- The Vancouver Coastal Health Library Catalogue.
- The Interior Health Authority Library Catalogue.
- The Vancouver Island Health Authority Library Catalogue.
- The Nova Scotia Health Authority Library Catalogue.
- The BC Cancer Agency Library.
- The Bookstore, Family Libraries and the Study and Learning Commons at BC Children's and Women's Hospital.
- The catalogues of the Horizon Health Network libraries in New Brunswick.
- The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission library catalogue (available in English and French).
- The Canadian Conservation Institute Library Catalogue and Staff Bibliography search interface (available in English and French).
- The Fraser Health Patient Education Resource Catalogue search and ordering system.
- The BC Teachers' Federation TeachBC resource sharing site.
Additional Features and Data Sources
When extracting the full text of documents, AnDI can employ Named Entity Recognition to automatically identify the names of people, organizations and places. These terms become not only searchable, but are included in browse lists and facets. This is especially useful when the terms are not part of any metadata already.
If PDF, Word or other documents are indexed by AnDI, the Andornot Embedded Document Viewer may be added. This add-on allows viewing and zooming of individual pages, highlighting of search terms where found on the page, viewing of thumbnails of the entire document, and easy navigation throughout the document.
If audio or video files are referenced in records indexed by AnDI, the Andornot Embedded Media Player may be included to stream media within the browser.
The Andornot Image Zoomer allows your users to zoom in for a close-up view of large photos, paintings and drawings.
You can add a map interface as a fun and interactive way to explore a collection that has a geographic aspect.
You can restrict access to all part of the content with the Andornot Authentication Manager.
You can enable community commenting with the Disqus system.
AnDI can be configured to index data sources beyond the Inmagic export. For example, if there is a repository of documents (in PDF, Word or other formats) available in a folder on a network file share, or linked from an intranet page, AnDI can be tasked with crawling and indexing the full text of these files.
An application programming interface (API) is available to enable querying and display of results in other web applications.
AnDI maintains a single, searchable repository of data that can be imported from many sources, including DB/TextWorks, MS Access, SQL and MySQL, FileMaker, integrated library systems such as Inmagic Genie, MARC records, any XML, CSV or other text file. There's not much data that can't be indexed! Our Data Extraction Utility is often used to automatic export of DB/TextWorks data.
AnDI is an ASP.NET MVC web application that leverages the open-source Apache Solr search engine. Solr is fast, can handle very large data sets, and has excellent and highly configurable search algorithms and relevancy rankings.
"The more I explore the potential of our new interface, the more I marvel at what it can do. Being able to search for very specific areas of interest has benefited our staff as well as our clientele, and the site partners can now create display galleries with minimal effort." Janice Rosen, Director of the Canadian Jewish Congress CC National Archives
Contact us for more information about how AnDI can help you manage and search for information resources.
Read more about some of Andornot's discovery interface projects in these blog posts:
VuFind is also a great discovery interface for libraries.