LGPN and Information Technology
LGPN began using computers to store and manipulate its data as far back as 1975. Alongside the publication programme, and despite the electronic upheavals which have marked the last 30 years, LGPN has maintained the material from all the published volumes in a consistent state in a relational database, which was designed in 1984 to reflect the potential research values of all the fields which make up an LGPN entry i.e. not only names, but places, dates, references, relationships, statuses etc.
This database is the final repository of material once it has been edited, and from it:
Online facilities based on the current database:
The XML Project
Elaine Matthews and Sebastian Rahtz are now working on a major conversion project using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and Extensible Mark-up Language (XML), as the basis for LGPN's long-term preservation, online dissemination, and interoperability with other online resources. Complete data from all published volumes (currently I-IV) will be delivered as one integrated online resource.
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