Woburn. MA. -Unique photographs and slides showing some of Quetico Provincial Park's natural and cultural history will soon be accessible on the Internet with the launch of the Park's visual image database. Quetico Park, a wilderness park located along the Canadian-United States border in northwestern Ontario, Canada, was on the path of early explorers to Canada and on the path of two major fur trade routes. The Park's John B. Ridley Research Library will use Inmagic's DB/Text WebPublisher software to publish the database on the Internet.
The John B. Ridley Research Library, a unique facility within the Ontario Provincial Park system, is an Important source of research and archival information about Quetico. The Library's geographic location-450 miles north of Minneapolis, MN--makes visitation difficult. Electronic access, therefore, is an ideal solution for sharing the Library's substantial resources.
The Library has digitized 13,000 of the photographs and slides in its collection, then catalogued the information in each image. The visual image database covers such wide-ranging topics as natural history (bird, mammal and plants), canoeing, aboriginal history and culture, aboriginal rock paintings, and archaeology and artifacts. The book and report database has 2100 items including many reports and theses specific to the area.
In addition to the visual image database, other Library resources unique to Quetico Park will be made available on the Internet. Its reference collection offers resources for the study of the biology, geology, culture, history, archaeology, and wilderness management of Quetico Park and the surrounding area. Oral history tapes, maps, survey information, natural history observations are among the materials in the collection. "Quetico Provincial Park is a very special place in this part of the world and the Quetico-Superior area is known throughout North America," said Andrea Allison, librarian of the John B. Ridley Research Library. "Use of our collection will stimulate interest and research, and will help to protect this wilderness area for future generations."
"Inmagic's software is the answer to making our databases available to the general public," said Doris Brown, chair of the Library's Board. "It will enable us to broaden our user base to the many Quetico -Superior canoeists and researchers throughout North America and, increasingly, overseas."
The software: DB/Text WebPublisher
DB/Text WebPublisher is Windows NT-based Web publishing software that manages Web/intranet site information within the framework of a textbase, instead of static HTML documents. Inmagic's textbase technology combines the power and precision of a database system with the speed and flexibility of a text retrieval system. A field-based search engine rapidly searches through hundreds of thousands of records--a more efficient method than hyperlinking with large amounts of information. Inmagic's unique "word wheel" index browser eliminates trial-and-error searching.
Since 1983, Inmagic, Inc. has developed library automation and information management software specifically for special libraries. In recent years, Inmagic's Web publishing technology has helped information professionals manage and disseminate today's diverse resources via the Web and intranets. Information professionals choose Inmagic software for traditional applications, such as online catalogs, serials management, loans and orders, as well as for the management of other information, including competitive intelligence, technical reports, annual reports and photo archives. Inmagic's information management solutions are installed in more than 15,000 special libraries and information centers in more than 50 countries. Inmagic products are available through the company's direct sales force and through its worldwide network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. For more information, visit www.inmagic.com or call 800-229-8398/781-938-4442.