June 2012

Big News for Small Screens


Our most exciting Archives news this month again pertains to the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network, the shared database website we developed in 2010 to facilitate access to the holdings of the CJCCC National Archives and our site partners.

When using a handheld device, visitors to www.cjhn.ca are now automatically directed to our new mobile interface, which allows access to all the functions offered by the full site. The site has also been enhanced by a new multi-database search engine, developed by Andornot Consulting Inc. to work with the mobile view. This streamlined search technique uses the General Keyword Search bar as a point of departure in order to present results from all the data on the CJHN site in a compact and informative manner, with the option to "Share" data in order to use it from another device later.

The General Keyword Search is the default research mode for the mobile view. In the full site view, it is located in the blue header bar on every page of the site, as well as on the "Explore" page at www.cjhn.ca/en/explore.aspx). Meanwhile, the full features of the Advanced Search and the Genealogy Search pages continue to function as before. Mobile users who want access to all the detailed capabilities of these pages have the choice to opt into the full site from the small screen view.