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lcleaver posted in Liege/Belgium

2 days

I'm sure there are loads of these name variants. Today I spotted:
Beauvais, France
France, Beauvais
France, northeastern, Beauvais
Is there no easy way to merge such entries?


ecawlfield started Ramamala Library Manuscript Project now available in the SDBM

7 days

Dr. Benjamin Fleming has uploaded an inventory from the Rāmamālā Library Manuscript Project, sponsored by the British Library's Endangered Archive Programme and the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies. The inventory represents a near complete (95%) record of Sanskrit and Bangla manuscripts currently held at the Rāmamālā Library by the Rāmamālā Trust in Comilla, Bangladesh. Access the data here: https://sdbm.library.upenn.edu/sources/34910/


lisafdavis started Simmons Library and Information Science Students cleaning up legacy records

8 days

Students in my "The Medieval Manuscript from Charlemagne to Gutenberg" class at the Simmons College of Library and Information Science are cleaning up legacy Census and Supplement records as a homework assignment. I created a group of 280 records and, once my students registered as SDBM users, I invited them to join the group. The new "Group" feature is perfect for this assignment, as it automatically upgraded the privileges of my students when they joined and it allows me to easily retrieve and verify their assigned records. They've each got ten assigned records to compare to the relevant entries in the printed Census or Supplement, deleting any data that doesn't come directly from the source and making any other corrections to bring the record into agreement with the source. I suspect that some of them will want to do more than the ten they've been assigned…they're future librarians, after all, and messy data keeps them up at night! - Lisa


lcleaver posted in Duplicate entry

8 days



lcleaver posted in Source 34732 has a warning flag

8 days

Thanks both. Bill - I am determined to do the whole thing, but it is a slow process as the volume is not readily portable and I seem to be endlessly on the move. Hoping to finish it over Christmas though.


hellerb posted in Duplicate entry

14 days

It was a problem with the save button letting itself be used multiple times - it should be fixed now, but let me know if it comes up again!