Peter Lawrence Watson
- Division: Continuing Education
- Unit: Continuing Education - HQ
- Sub-Unit: not specified
Digital Humanities Interests:
I am producing an edition of the early fourteenth-century lay Okeover cartulary. An XML database holds the transcribed text. This uses the open source software eXist. XQuery is used for the utilities that support this. As well as the usual searches, queries, listing and tabulation, the database is set up to present the data as web pages and also to publish it in the format of pdf. Markup allows full linkage of person data and visualization of social network data. Bibliography is integrated using Zotero. External SQL databases can be queried directly. None of this is technically advanced. The interest is in what an individual researcher can achieve without a budget using open-source software and with limited support. The benefit of the XML database is in stripping out layers of complexity caused by having to interact between different types of software .