Hi Peter,

Quite amazing what one week in a summer school can do for your research!

From within an installation of eXist 1.5, you can download and install a bibliographical tool built on the MODS format from the Library of Congress <http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/>. The app is called Tamboti Metadata Framework, and it is installed through eXist's Package Repository. It is actually more than a bibliographical database - we are now enlarging it for display of images. It should be easy to set up links from your database to Tamboti. Tamboti also comes with a Zotero unAPI support, i.e. you can import to Zotero from an icon in the navigation toolbar. Since Zotero exports in MODS format, it should be easy for your to integrate your bibliography. You might want to wait until the Zotero version 3 is released (which will happen soon - the beta is out), since it contains a lot of fixes to MODS export. Tamboti also contains a full MODS editor.

Visualisation is also something I have begun to think about. There are so many different SVG- and Javascript-based solutions to choose between. Perhaps I will get together a summary of the options . It really should not be necessary to export your data to Excel to generate a visualisation!

Are you thinking of possibilities to edit your XML files while they are inside the eXist database?

I would also like to inform you about another summer school, also held in Oxford, the XML Summer School, September 18 23, 2011; see <http://xmlsummerschool.com/>.



On Aug 31, 2011, at 11:58 AM, Peter Watson wrote:

  Hi Joe and Others

As a graduate of the 2010 TEI Summer School this list is a really welcome development for me.  My own project is a personal one supporting my DPhil research on a set of twelfth and thirteenth century land deeds for a family living in the depths of the English Midlands.  I looked for software that would allow me to place the deeds in a database using a single copy of the transcribed texts for all purposes.  TEI plus eXist-db does this for me.  I have developed the following functions, apart from the html rendering which came from the summer school material that Joe provided:
  • TEI tagging of names, dates and places allows me to list and search the database in a variety of structured ways.
  • PDF printing from an fo transform based on XQuery, quite similar to rendering in HTML.
  • Visualization of social network data is under development using NodeXL, externally at present, though long term I would like to be able to integrate visualization into eXist.
  • Integration with my bibliography based on Zotero.  At present this uses an RDF copy of my Zotero database saved into eXist so is not completely real time.  Ffrom eXist I can also gain access to the Zotero data via  SQLite, on which Zotero is based, though again this uses a copy of the Zotero data.
  • I have also transformedand imported an XML copy of a much larger database of C12 &C13 charters from an Access database which allow these to be accessed much more easily whilst also retaining the ability to search the data that Access allows.
  • I have the utilities to enable me to search an earlier database I developed based on MediaWiki, which sits on an SQL database.
I'd be very keen to learn of any one else who is doing something similar to this. At the moment all of this is on my laptop.  Providing access to what is a prototype is some way down the list of priorities, unless there is a simple solution to getting the data hosted. 

Best wishes


On 30/08/2011 23:40, Joe Wicentowski wrote:Hello all, Today I sent out an announcement about this list to the broader TEI community via TEI-L. Welcome to all who have just joined! To kick the discussion here off, I think it might be useful for those new to eXist-db to learn about some current TEI-based projects that employ eXist-db in some way. There is a list of some eXist-db projects on the TEI wiki: http://wiki.tei-c.org/index.php/EXist#Sample_implementations. The project I work on (also listed on the wiki) is the Office of the Historian website (http://history.state.gov/). The entire website is driven by eXist-db, it has been in production since March 2009, and it is hosted on Amazon EC2. The functions of eXist-db are used throughout the site, and all article- and book-length content on the site is encoded in TEI. All pages are rendered into HTML by eXist-db on the fly as they are requested. Perhaps one of the most interesting portions from a TEI perspective is how we use TEI person and term tags to drive filtered glossary listings for the documentary edition as the heart of our site, the Foreign Relations of the United States series. See, for example, the right sidebar labelled "Persons" and "Abbreviations & Terms" on http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v18/d1. The information shown in these sidebars comes from each book's glossaries. The site-wide full text search is driven by eXist-db's lucene index. We also use eXist-db to drive our content management system (accessible only to internal users). Please feel free to respond with the URL of your eXist-db / TEI project, and a brief description of your project. Feel free to add your projects to the wiki link above too if it isn't already there. Cheers, Joe Sent from my iPad ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Special Offer -- Download ArcSight Logger for FREE! Finally, a world-class log management solution at an even better price-free! And you'll get a free "Love Thy Logs" t-shirt when you download Logger. Secure your free ArcSight Logger TODAY! http://p.sf.net/sfu/arcsisghtdev2dev _______________________________________________ eXist-TEIXML mailing list eXist-TEIXML@lists.sourceforge.net https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/exist-teixml

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