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The Glenbow Archives has used Inmagic products to raise its profile and has actually increased revenues by using DB/Text WebPublisher to make its unique collection of photographs available to people around the world. Read on and learn how they have done it:
Areas of specialty include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Native North American Tribes, ranching, agriculture, the petroleum industry, labor, women, and business.
The collection encompasses three miles of shelf space, two miles of textual records, over a million photographs, 350 hours of film footage, and 1,500 sound recordings.
When it came time to place their large and varied collection on the Internet, the Glenbow Museum archivists had to come up with a software solution that would make the user self-reliant.
Since archivists often spend lots of time searching for specific information, documents, photos, or footage, it is imperative to have a system that provides fast and flexible searching capabilities. DB/TextWorks®, the underlying structure of DB/Text WebPublisher, provides such features.
"We really appreciate the speed of DB/Text WebPublisher," said Kooyman. "We’ve tried it in the Museum and from our homes, and it always moves very quickly.
"The highlighted search term and flexible length of the query are also invaluable. It really makes the searching process go very smoothly."
Kooyman appreciates DB/Text WebPublisher’s ability to handle images. The Glenbow has mounted more than 50,000 pictures on the Internet using DB/Text WebPublisher. As a result, revenues from picture orders has gone up over 25 per cent while saving staff time and lowering administrative costs.
"Before DB/Text WebPublisher, if someone wanted a picture, we’d send them a fax or a letter describing the picture; it was a very unwieldy process," said Kooyman. "Now people from all over the world can look at what they would receive, and make an informed decision."
Ultimately, that’s what DB/Text WebPublisher is all
about; helping people make informed choices.
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