The nation’s sound collections are under threat, both from physical degradation and as the means of playing them disappear from production. Global archival consensus is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save our sound collections by digitising them before they become unplayable and are effectively lost. Armadillo have written a custom backend system which is helping The British Library preserve the nation’s Sound Archive, an extraordinary collection of over 6.5 million recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment, from the 1880s to the present day. Find out more about our work on the British Library AV SIP Tool here.
Stained glass windows are beautiful and striking features of many churches, mosques, libraries and other significant buildings. They are also wonderful feats of skillful artistry and engineering, often depicting important events in religion, history, science and art. Have you ever seen one, admired its beauty, but wondered what was the cultural significance the scene being depicted? They can be hard to explore and examine in detail in situ in their parent building.
University College Cork (UCC) have one such window dedicated to George Boole, one of the fathers of the information age, where he was a professor. UCC approached Armadillo Systems to see if there was a way of making their window into an explorable and explanatory touchscreeen interactive. Turning the Pages technology is ideally suited to this, as it can also be used for flat objects. We added in a custom hotspot highlighting system so each pane of the window could be examined individually, with the app also having associated media relating to George Boole’s impact on modern society, and details on the preservation of the window itself. Watch the below video to see the interactive window application in action.
Armadillo Systems will be attending the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition 2017, on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. We are available all day to discuss your digital library needs, and we will have all our products available for demonstration, including the Saint John’s Bible TTP 4K Gallery running on a very snazzy Microsoft Surface Studio. So if you are attending the conference come and see us at stand 74!
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.