Armadillo Systems are developing a suite of products to allow libraries, archives and museums to take control of their collections and build their own kiosks and websites providing access and interpretation to their collections.
We recognise that building a kiosk application or a microsite for every exhibition or event is a costly exercise, often for only a limited return. We are developing products that empower the institution to build their own, with little or no technical knowledge.
Turning the Pages was the first of these products. A winner of many international awards, and used worldwide, it allows you to easily build a library of interactive books and publish them either online or as a kiosk. Driven by an easy to use content management system, clients in the UK and elsewhere are using TTP to cost-effectively build engaging and effective libraries.
iNQUIRE is a digital research platform, designed to surface any digital repository using any metadata schema. Coded in HTML5, leveraging the power of a Solr search index, and supporting IIIF, it’s a fully customisable framework designed to fast-track your digital access ambitions, whatever file formats, schemas and repositories you use. iNQUIRE is an open source project available on GitHub.
eBookTreasures is a way for institutions to monetise their rare books. We convert them to various eBook formats and make them available via iTunes and App Stores, and then share the revenue with the rights-holder.
As well as providing off the shelf solutions, Armadillo have been building bespoke applications for libraries, museums and archives for the last 24 years. Recent projects have included:
- The Saint John’s Bible in Turning the Pages 4K for Saint John’s Abbey and University
- Save our Sounds to help The British Library preserve the nation’s Sound Archive
- UCL Digital Press website as part of the first fully open access university press in the UK for University College London
These custom applications include exhibition touchscreen kiosks, rich internet applications, research and discovery tools and repository surfacing.
We have extensive experience in database design and coding as well as a variety of application programming environments, and also interoperability and metadata standards (IIIF, DCMI, OAI-PMH etc).
Our work has won awards from the International Information Industry (Best User Experience) as well as the British Comuputer Society (Best Web Technology).
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Armadillo Systems consults to a variety of organisations around providing access to digital collections.
This consulting encompasses:
- digitisation strategies
- digital asset management
- digital asset surfacing
- user engagement
- new modalities in research and exploration
- access and engagement
- user experience interfaces
Our thinking starts with the user experience and works back from there.
If you’re planning a digitisation project, or have started a digitisation programme contact us for more information or to talk over your plans.