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The St. Andrew's College Archives is dedicated to preserving the School's heritage by collecting and promoting records and artifacts of permanent value to its community. The School's archival records date back to when it was established in 1899 and offers a wealth of information about its history, culture, and students.

An upgraded online search interface built from the latest version of our Andornot Discovery Interface is available at https://archives.sac.on.ca and features all past issues of the school's annual Review and Andrean alumni magazine, with full text searching and the ability to view the document either in a flipbook format, with animated page turning, or in a more research-oriented viewer, with search words highlighted.

St. Andrew's College Archives Home Page

The search interface also includes thousands of photographs of sporting, drama, cultural events, teams, school buildings, Andrean soldiers, teachers, and students from the School's inception until the present time.

St. Andrew's College Archives Search Results

Andornot helped the school build a web search interface using earlier technology, and was pleased to upgrade it this year, as well as to host both the web search interface and the DB/TextWorks databases, from our starter kit collection, that the School, like so many of our clients, continues to rely on for day-to-day data management.

The School plans to add even more materials, documents and artifacts to the databases and site in the coming years.

Contact Andornot to discuss a similar project for your school or archives.

Since 1967, the Bulkley Valley Museum has built up a permanent collection of artifacts and documentary heritage materials that represent the human and natural history of the Town of Smithers, British Columbia, and the surrounding Bulkley Valley.

About 5 years ago, Andornot helped the museum to upgrade their DB/TextWorks-based collection management system, using our Andornot Starter Kits for archives and museum artifacts. We then used the Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI) to build and host the site.

In 2021, the site was upgraded to the newest version of our Andornot Discovery Interface, with a refreshed graphic design and new features such as:

  • a 'facet explorer' for searching names, topics and places before conducting a search;
  • a large image zooming feature to smoothly zoom in and out of maps and plans, without having to download a large image;
  • a flipbook-style viewer for documents, recreating the experience of paging through a newspaper or magazine;
  • an audio player for oral history recordings, with individual tracks and a description of them available for viewing. This metadata was captured using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and custom-integrated into the new AnDI site;
  • the Disqus commenting system to encourage discussion of resources in the site, such as to help identify photographs of people whose names have been lost to history; and
  • upgraded Google Analytics tracking (as described in this blog post) to help museum staff better understand their user community, how they use the site and what they are looking for.

Bulkley Valley Museum Collections Online

The new version is available at https://search.bvmuseum.org, hosted by Andornot.

The Bulkley Valley Museum was one of the first adopters of our Andornot Discovery Interface, and we're delighted they are one of the first to make use of these new features too.

Whether you're an existing AnDI user, or interested in it for the first time, check out the many examples of public sites built from it in our Project Portfolio, then contact us to discuss how it could make your collections more accessible.

In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic well underway, a partnership of four Saskatchewan health organizations formed a COVID-19 Evidence Support Team (CEST) to initiate a new learning health cycle in response to the pandemic.

The CEST initiative had three key objectives:

  1. the rapid production of the best evidence for facilitating COVID-related decision-making,
  2. the establishment of a single electronic platform (a database, dashboard, and repository) for systematic sharing of the updated COVID-19 reviews, and
  3. the initiation of a Learning Health System by constant exchange between reliable evidence, policy, and practice.

One of Andornot’s core strengths is mixing and matching systems and data into a solution that meets the needs of our clients and their budgets. For this project, we assisted the Saskatchewan Health Authority Library in achieving CEST's goals by providing:

  1. DB/TextWorks software for managing research requests and evidence reviews in databases;
  2. scripts to fetch research requests submitted to a third party system (Redcap);
  3. a search engine based on our Andornot Discovery Interface (AnDI);
  4. data generation for display in a dashboard-style summary; and
  5. hosting of these components in our Canadian data centre.

This combination of tools provides a complete information management and search system for COVID-19 rapid evidence reviews.

AnDI Search Site

https://covid19evidencereviews.saskhealthauthority.ca

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Dashboard

https://saskhealthauthority.libguides.com/covid-19/repository/home

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More information on this project:

COVID-19 Evidence Support for Saskatchewan Pandemic Response Poster Presentation

An article Developing a rapid evidence response to COVID-19: the collaborative approach of Saskatchewan, Canada published online in Learning Health Systems. 

The Elgin Country Archives and Museum has used DB/TextWorks to manage their collections for many years, and has long made them searchable online using software from Andornot. They were one of our first clients to rebuild their online search using a responsive web interface that adapts to users screen sizes, from desktop down to mobile.

Now, they've rebuilt their online presence using our Andornot Discovery Interface, to provide the best possible search experience for their community.

The new site is available at https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca and features not only the holdings of the main Elgin County Archives and Museum, but also those of nine other museums physically located within Elgin County, but operating independently. This one-stop search gives the local community excellent access to local history resources.

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Of almost 300,000 records available in https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca, over half feature digital media immediately available online. These are primarily photographs of local people, places and artifacts, but also audio and video recordings, PDFs and, new to this site, very high resolution fire insurance maps. These maps are made very accessible in the site with a zoom feature that allows users to smoothly zoom in to a high level of detail on small areas of the map.

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When searching, features such as spelling corrections and search suggestions, relevancy-ranked results, and facets such as name, place, date, material type and more help user to quickly locate items of interest. Items may be shared on social media, saved and bookmarked, or easily submitted to the museum and archives to request more information, or order photographic reprints.

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca also features the Disqus commenting system, which allows the local community to engage with other members and museum and archives staff, helping to identify people or places in photographs, correct errors, and discuss the rich history of Elgin county. 

The Kitimat Museum & Archives has thousands of records on human history artifacts and photographic archival collections unique to the Kitimat Valley and surrounding area, including the Douglas Channel.

These records are managed in DB/TextWorks databases, and now, over 30,000 records are searchable through an instance of our Andornot Discovery Interface, at https://collections.kitimatmuseum.ca

Kitimat Museum and Archives Online Collections

Materials at the Kitimat Museum & Archives document the social history of the Kitimat Valley: Haisla (1880s to present), pioneer (1891-1944), and modern (1949 to present), Alcan’s project construction and subsequent history, records, scrapbooks and newsletters of schools, clubs, societies and construction crews, Al Beaton's cartoon books, photographs and records of missionary activity among the Haisla, Haisla dictionary, Missionary newsletter, and records of the Museum.

Some records from the museum's virtual exhibit system, powered by Omeka, are also included in the AnDI site.

New users may explore the collection using pre-created searches, or may search with keywords and refine their results with facets such as names, places, topics and dates. The sophisticated search algorithms in the Andornot Discovery Interface present the most relevant results first. Users may save results to a list, share results and images on social media, and provide feedback to, or request more information from, the museum.

The site is hosted by Andornot with frequent updates by museum staff.

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