London, 24th June 2009. The library at the Planning Inspectorate has just gone live with the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution.
ArchivalWare is a web-based, full-text search and retrieval system for digital libraries used to store, access, and manage digital archive collections. Source formats include digital documents, books, news clippings, photographs, video and audio collections and other electronically published material.
Gary Morter (Librarian) said, "We chose ArchivalWare because the application improves the overall user search facility available via the library catalogue . A key factor in our decision to choose ArchivalWare was the extent of the integration that can be achieved with our iLink library catalogue. It is now possible for library users to search the full text of our electronic collection, rather than just the catalogue record. This will prove especially beneficial for one of our primary users - Planning Inspectors - who can now access PDF policy documents from a controlled environment working from their home-based work stations."
The collections planned for inclusion in the digital archive include: Government Policy documents, Amended legislation and a collection of images.
ArchivalWare has been chosen as the digital repository for promoting these collections.
Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe said: "We are pleased to welcome the library of the Planning Inspectorate to our community of users. ArchivalWare is becoming recognised as the system of choice for a library needing sophisticated full-text retrieval in the management of its digital collections."
The Planning Inspectorate use the Unicorn library management system.
However, ArchivalWare is able to integrate with all of the other leading library management systems. It is also of relevance to a broader user community, in fact, any organisation seeking to manage its digital collections should take a look at ArchivalWare.
About the Planning Inspectorate
The work of the Planning Inspectorate is the processing of planning and enforcement appeals and holding inquiries into local development plans and Local Development Frameworks. They also deal with a wide variety of other planning related casework including listed building consent appeals, advertisement appeals, and reporting on planning applications called in for decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government, or, in Wales, The Welsh Assembly Government, various compulsory purchase orders, rights of way cases and cases arising from the Environmental Protection and Water Acts and the Transport and Works Act and other Highways Legislation.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe is a company formed to distribute and support the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a digital archival solution, ranging from initial help defining the scope of the opportunity through to project management, installation, configuration, digitisation and scanning services, data conversion, training and ongoing customer support.
About PTFS, Inc.
PTFS Digital Archiving Solutions offer advanced, affordable tools and services to manage and keep pace with valuable and rapidly expanding digital collections. PTFS is a leading provider of comprehensive archiving solutions that include digital archiving software systems, digitisation & content conversion services, and systems integration & staffing support services. The company has already provided digital archiving systems and information systems services to more than 250 government, commercial, academic, union, association and not-for-profit clients. PTFS is a privately held company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.