About

Further information about the technical aspects behind this online catalogue.

Data

The local studies library material is catalogued using SIRSIDynix Symphony software and the data is then exported as XML using one of their standard report formats.

The archives material is catalogued using Axiell’s CALM software and each collection is then exported as EAD using a slightly modified version of the Archives Hub EAD export routine.

The data is then brought together and merged into a Solr index, this behind the scenes work was undertaken for us by Data Curation Experts

Display

The data is presented through the use of the Blacklight software, originally developed at the University of Virginia Library, but is now an open source Ruby on Rails gem. It uses Apache Solr as the basis for its search engine.

The display templates were based on the work undertaken to use Blacklight for the University of Hull library catalogue and then modified to accommodate History Centre

Thanks

Particular thanks for assistance with this project go to:

  • Mark Bussey, Alicia Cozine, Justin Coyne and Valerie Maher at Data Curation Experts
  • Nicki Lake at SIRSI
  • Chris Awre, Simon Lamb and Richard Garbutt at the University of Hull