The Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI) is a modern web-based search engine and discovery interface, ideal for indexing and searching diverse collections of information.

  • Interior Health Authority - Andornot Discovery Interface
    The Interior Health Authority library relies on Inmagic DBTextWorks and the Andornot Discovery Interface to manage and search their collections.
  • TeachBC
    The TeachBC website uses the Andornot Discovery Interface to help B.C. teachers share classroom resources.
  • Ontario Jewish Archives
    The Ontario Jewish Archives uses the Andornot Discovery Interface and a custom map interface to help researchers locate historical information.
  • United Farmers Historical Society
    The United Farmers Historical Society uses the Andornot Discovery Interface to search digitized publications and archival records.
  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Network
    The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network uses the Andornot Discovery Interface to search digitized publications and archival records.
  • Canadian Jewish Heritage Network
    The College of Registered Nurses of BC uses the Andornot Discovery Interface to search digitized publications.

Key Features

  • 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.

Example Sites

Archives, Museums and Art Galleries

Libraries

Other Organizations

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.

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.

Data Sources

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.

Technology

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.

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Related Projects

Read more about some of Andornot's discovery interface projects in these blog posts:

New Catalogue Search for Vancouver Island Health Authority Library

Société historique de Saint-Boniface Upgrades Archives Search Interface

Bulkley Valley Museum Collection Now Online

Ottawa Jewish Archives Collections Now Searchable Through CJHN.ca

Heritage Burnaby Website Wins Heritage BC Award

Nova Scotia Health Authority Launches Provincial Hospitals Library Catalogue

New Search Options for the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Library and Archives

Updated search interface for the Interior Health Library Catalog

Upgrades to the Libraries of the BC Children's and Women's Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency

New search interface for Interior Health - policy and procedure documents, guidelines and protocols

Burnaby Art Gallery Online Collections Now Include Public Art

More Special Libraries Choose Discovery Interfaces

College of Registered Nurses of BC Offers Digitized Archives

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Now Offering a Single Search Across Multiple Data Sources

BC Teachers' Federation Launches TeachBC Resource Sharing Site

Collections of the United Farmers Historical Society now online

New website for the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre

Canadian Conservation Institute Launches Andornot Discovery Interface

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network Launches Enhanced Search and Mobile Interface

Designing the Fraser Health Patient Education Resources system

AnDI–A New Discovery Interface from Andornot

Solr and the Trend to Open Source Search

Discovery Interfaces: A New OPAC For Libraries


See Also

VuFind is also a great discovery interface for libraries.

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