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Automation on Parnassus Clio - a databank oriented system for historians

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Thaller, Manfred

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Abstract To support several ongoing research projects, the development of a general purpose system was started 18 months ago at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Geschichte in Gottingen. A second version of this system has already been implemented - one which offers the user a simple control language Its most important features are: a flexible input system combining free field and tag/ content representation of data that can be structured in very complex hierarchies; a retrieval system; a system for the interactive coding of historical sources. Various ways of entering codebook like "thesauri" provide a cheap way to recode as often as necessary material of doubtful semantics; a system for nominative record linkage. Name comparisons by two classes of algorithms are supported. The entry of new algorithms to suit the dialects of a particular area is facilitated by a simple set of algorithm defining directives.
Keywords software; data bank; data preparation; historical social research
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 1980
Page/Pages p. 40-65
Journal Historical Social Research, 5 (1980) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works