19.433 relational database and TEI?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 06:50:17 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 433.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 06:42:15 +0000
         From: "Da Rold, Dr. O." <odr1_at_leicester.ac.uk>
         Subject: Relational database and TEI

We are almost 8 months into our project (link below) and after numerous
discussions with colleagues, trials and advice from our computing centre
here in Leicester, we are going to catalogue our manuscripts creating a
data-capture database. Our computer centre suggested managing our data
from Microsoft Access on my desk machine, but then publish it for Web
access on the university SQL server. I am some how hesitant to use
Access as it does not seem to have any flexibility in exporting the
data, a part from SQL and XML. FileMaker Pro 8 seems to have more
flexibility at this hand exporting in PDF, SQL, XML and excel.
Does anybody in humanist similar experience with either/ or both

Moreover, despite the relational database route, we would like to
implement as much as possible the standard set by the TEI working group
on the P5 guidelines for describing manuscripts.

Does anybody know about electronic manuscript projects which are
using/have used relational databases following the TEI guidelines for
'Manuscript description'?

Scriptorium seems to have done it, any other similar project? If so, do
you know of any related publication?

I'd be very grateful for any advice, pitfall etc.

Best wishes,


Dr Orietta Da Rold
Research Fellow
English Department
University of Leicester
University Road

Tel. +44 (0)116 252 2778
e-mail: odr1_at_le.ac.uk

The Production and Use of English Manuscripts
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