Thanks to everyone who visited our stand at the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition 2017, it was great catching up with old friends and making some new acquaintances. A big thanks must go to Microsoft for the loan of a brand new Surface Studio, which allowed us to demonstrate the Saint John’s Bible Turning the Pages in 4K UHD, needless to say it looked stunning! We made some short videos at the conference, and also back at the office as we couldn’t resist trying some of our older Turning the Pages books on the Surface Studio to see how they looked, again the superb quality of the screen really gave them a new lease of life.
The Saint John’s Bible is now publicly on display in a dedicated gallery located on the lower level of Alcuin Library on the Saint John’s University Campus. The gallery has free admission and features 28 original folios showcasing works from all seven volumes of the Bible. There are also other rare books and manuscripts from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library collections on display to complement the exhibition of the folios. Tools, materials and sketches used in the production of The Saint John’s Bible give an insight in to the processes used to create this colossal work of faith and art, as well as an interactive video player, created by Armadillo, which allows you to meet the team behind the project.
iNQUIRE is a digital research platform, designed to surface any digital repository using any metadata schema. Coded in ASP.NET MVC and with a responsive HTML5/Knockout frontend, it utilises the power of a Solr index via RESTful requests. It’s a customisable framework designed to fast-track your digital access ambitions, whatever file formats, schemas and repositories you use. Now supporting the IIIF Presentation API and Image API. The code has now been made available on GibHub.
The Bodleian Library have launched their new unified digital collections platform, Digital.Bodleian, powered by iNQUIRE. For the first time, it is possible to search and browse the Bodleian’s online special collections via a single interface. The site was launched at an event in the new Weston Library, with a lecture by Bruno Racine, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (whose Gallica is a well-established giant of digital library collections), and a speech by BDLSS’s own Lucie Burgess. Go and have a have a look at the Digital.Bodleian website!
eBookTreasures is a collection of the greatest books in the world, made available as digital facsimiles. Initially this is for iPad, but we’re looking at other platforms as they emerge. We’re working with the British Library, Royal Society, Natural History Museum and many others to bring you these rare and beautiful books. Find out more on the eBookTreasures website or Download the iOS app from iTunes here.
We launched one of the first Windows 8 Store apps in the UK to showcase all of our eBookTreasures. Tilt a tablet and the gold catches the light, use a stylus to annotate the pages. You can Download the Windows app here!
September 2012 saw the launch of iNQUIRE, our digital research framework. Written in HTML5, it sits abstracted from your repository and transcodes from almost any file format on the fly, giving you an amazingly rich research experience. Find out iNQUIRE website.
As part of their “Explore History” space in Lambeth, the IWM commissioned Icons, an interactive exploration of selected treasures treating to 1940 from their collection. In an easy-to-use multi-touch display, this application surfaces books, videos, paintings and letters in a way never before possible.
In a world when books, videos, journals, newspapers, paintings and sound archives have all been digitised, how will we research? The British Library’s “Growing Knowledge” exhibition aims to address this question, and Armadillo built both a software framework to demonstrate other examples of best practice, but also developed some next-generation software to demonstrate the art of the possible.
For the launch of the Natural History Museum’s spectacular new Darwin Centre, Armadillo were delighted to produce a Turning the Pages Gallery version of a Herbarium, taken from the NHM’s archives. As the Darwin Centre is focused on research in to the diversity of life on Earth we, rather fittingly, produced a Turning the Pages in which the pages come to life! Have a look at the video below, or visit the book at the Darwin Centre if you are able, can you spot the living things on each spread?