In This Issue
Andornot's Latest Projects
Tips, Tricks and Ideas
Introducing Digital History Hub: Web Hosting for Cultural Collections
Need a quick and easy way to showcase a collection of photos, or a portal for an in-depth online exhibit?
Digital History Hub lets you do both!
You can quickly build a searchable repository of archival records, artifacts, photos, oral history recordings, videos, historic documents, and more.
Digital History Hub is Andornot's new hosting platform specially created for historical collections.
Digital History Hub uses Omeka, a popular, open-source web application used around the world to manage and search cultural collections. It's easy to use, with a wide range of features built-in and available as add-ons. Digital History Hub is fully hosted and supported, so there's nothing for you to install or configure. We'll create an Omeka site just for you, and you can get started creating collections and exhibits!
Visit www.digitalhistoryhub.com to learn more about the features available, pricing, and how you can get started putting your local history online.
Andornot's Latest Projects
We continue to help libraries, archives and museums upgrade their collection management systems and processes, and to showcase their collections in modern search engines. We present these as examples to inspire you, and resources you may find useful.
Richmond Archives Adds Name Origins Resource to Online Search
The City of Richmond Archives is a long time user of Inmagic DB/TextWorks for managing their collections, and were instrumental in developing the set of linked databases that became our Andornot Archives Starter Kit. Over the past couple years we've helped the Archives upgrade their Inmagic WebPublisher-based online search system.
This Spring we added a Name Origins search option to the site. This new search page features almost 500 records (and growing) that document and describe the history of Richmond streets, roads, bridges, neighbourhoods, and other landmarks. It's easy to search by keyword or by type of place, and whenever possible, a Google map of the named place is shown. This database is updated by the Friends of the Richmond Archives, volunteers with a passion for local history.
Check it out at http://archives.richmond.ca/archives/places/.
Stanford's King Institute Launches New Documents Search Engine
Last year, Andornot had the pleasure of working with the King Institute at Stanford University on their archival database of tens of thousands of speeches, sermons, letters, and other documents by and about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Known as OKRA (Online King Records Access), the database includes descriptive information as well as holdings details for these resources held at repositories all over the United States.
In that first project, we conducted a major rebuild of their DB/TextWorks-based databases to make it more usable by staff and students at the Institute.
This year, we were able to upgrade the web-based search interface for this resource with one built from our Andornot Discovery Interface.
The new search interface is available at http://okra.stanford.edu and offers researchers many new features that will greatly help their work.
Tips, Tricks and Ideas
Cloud Computing in Canada: Peril or Pleasure?
Check out Andornot's article on cloud computing in the latest issue of Wired West, the newsletter of the Western Canada Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, where we outline the most important things you should think about, and questions you should ask, before taking the leap.
And don't forget that Andornot offers managed hosting of all sorts of applications. Unlike "the cloud", our servers are located in Canada and managed by people you know: us! Contact us with any questions about cloud computing, hosting and web applications.
Meet with Andornot at Upcoming Conferences and Events
We very much enjoyed meeting so many of you in person at conferences this past spring, in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Our Andornot Grant Recipient for 2017, Mark Goodwin, also enjoyed his conference experience - read more in this blog post.
Although we have no conferences scheduled over the summer, we're always available by phone and web meeting to discuss projects and help we can provide. Then, look for us at these Fall conferences! If you can't attend the conference, but we're in your city, please do let us know if we can meet you outside the conference while we're there.
September 20 - 23, 2017 - Edmonton, AB
September 27 - 28, 2017 - Vancouver, BC
October 3 - 6, 2017 - Victoria, BC
October 11 - 13, 2017 - Kingston, ON
November 2017 - Vancouver, BC
Tweets: Round-up of Library, Archive and Museum News
As we come across news, projects, resources and other items we think might be of interest to our clients, we tend to post a quick tweet on our Twitter page, rather than a longer blog post. We've included a small selection of recent tweets in this newsletter, but encourage you to follow us on Twitter.
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