In This Issue:
Inmagic Releases DB/TextWorks Version 17
Inmagic has released version 17 of the its popular desktop database management system, DB/TextWorks, with several new features, such as:
There are a number of bug fixes as well, affecting record sorting in Genie, the Dead URL Checker, and the Copy Special Operation.
Full details of the new release are available in our blog post.
A list of features added to all DB/TextWorks releases is available on our website - a great way to see what you're missing if you haven't upgraded in a while.
Customers with a current Inmagic maintenance subscription will receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions for downloading this release. As always, contact us with any questions about this new release, to check the status of your maintenance subscription, or for help upgrading.
Galt Museum and Archives Launches New Collections Search
The Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, Alberta has launched a new search engine for their cultural collections at https://collections.galtmuseum.com
This new site is powered by our Andornot Discovery Interface. This modern search engine provides features that users have come to expect, including spelling corrections, "did you mean" search suggestions, results ranked by relevancy, and facets to help narrow down the results further, such as by name, topic and date.
Previously, users were only able to search the archives, museum artifacts and library collections through three separate searches. Now, with the Andornot Discovery Interface, researchers can search all materials at once and discover related records quickly and easily. Over eighty percent of the resources in the site include photographs, especially of artifacts in the museum, making for a visually engaging experience researching the history of Lethbridge and surrounding area.
Once results are found, a user can save them for later review, share them on Pinterest, Google+ and other social media, or request more information from the museum and archives.
"This is a big step forward in terms of both appeal and usability, and the integrated search -- across archives, collections and library databases -- is the feature that we long wished for."
Read more about this great new resource in this blog post.
10 Ideas to Improve your Web Presence and Help Your Users Find You
As the air gets crisper and precipitation drives us indoors, Fall is a great time to reflect and to find energy for new projects and adventures. Have you thought about the web presence your museum, archive or library collection has? Are you providing users with modern tools to help them research your records and share them with others. Here are 10 ideas to read on a blustery Fall day, and that could add some sparkle to your website and online collections.
Contact us to discuss any of these ideas, and ones of your own.
Have You Tried Andornot's Hosting Services?
Do you know where your web applications are hosted? In a cloud in an unknown location? Is it difficult to obtain support for your application from your in-house IT group? Are your servers slow or due for replacement? Why not let Andornot help by having us host your data and applications.
Andornot has managed our own hosting environment since 1998 and offers a professional hosting service to clients for all web applications, such as:
We can host almost any web application for you!
Unlike larger hosting or cloud providers, Andornot takes pride in offering a smaller, "boutique" hosting program for our clients. We know each of you personally, as well as your data and applications. When you contact us with a question, you know who you’re speaking with, we know you, and we get started immediately on solving problems.
Our hosting program is priced to compete with the in-house costs of provisioning and managing your own dedicated server. Support time is included in every hosting package and we respond promptly to all hosted clients with inquiries or problems.
We manage our own, secure hosting environment, on servers located at a Cogeco Peer1 facility in Canada, with 24/7 remote monitoring and backups. We’d be delighted to welcome you and your applications to our hosting service.
Grants with Upcoming Application Deadlines
Many annual funding programs have deadlines in the Fall, and many of these can help fund new search engines, new collection management software, and other projects Andornot can help you with.
Contact us to discuss ideas and obtain quotes for your grant application.
British Columbia Arts Council's Professional Project Assistance for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations
The British Columbia Arts Council's Professional Project Assistance for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations supports initiatives in the development of new or unique public programs and documentation by professional museums, Aboriginal cultural centres and visual arts organizations, including artists’ and curatorial collectives. These may include exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.
The maximum contribution to a project in this program is 50% of the total budget of the project.
This grant could be used to upgrade your systems and databases, whether using Inmagic DB/TextWorks or other software, and providing public search access through the Andornot Discovery Interface, as well as virtual exhibits using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems.
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program
The Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. In particular, the Collections Management component provides up to $50,000 for "projects related to the implementation or upgrade of a collections management system." This could include software such as Inmagic DB/TextWorks and one of Andornot's database starter kits, or our Digital History Hub platform or Andornot Discovery Interface search engine.
Deadline: November 1, 2018
BC History Digitization Program
The British Columbia History Digitization Program at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to unique historical material from around the province.
Applications for 2019 are expected to open in October, so keep an eye on https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/ and in the meantime, have a look at last year's successful applications.
Andornot Professional Development Grant
For the past few years we've offered a $1,000 grant to help one of you attend a conference or other professional development event. We intend to offer this grant again this year and will be opening applications up towards the end of the year. Stay tuned to this newsletter and our blog for an announcement, and in the meantime, read about the experience of past recipients Gayle Graham and Mark Goodwin.
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