Data Management and Hyperbibliography

Part of the Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences book series (QMHSS)


This pivotal chapter describes the organization of the entire material of the website in an intricate structure of files and folders. These are basically on two planes: back-end files feeding material to the computer, and front-end files directly accessed by the user. There were also some files of an administrative nature, keeping track of work flow and flow of materials while the project was executed. The chapter begins with the immense task of human management, the vast volume and variety of material, and the way it was acquired, before coming to the actual file management. The file structure also provided the basis for the bibliography. There is a comparison between a traditional print bibliography and an electronic hyperbibliography, and the challenges of marshalling material for the latter from the huge Tagore corpus. The English works provided some special challenges. The entire data retrieval system for Bichitra rests on a raft of 32 spreadsheets, 12 underlying the Browse menu and 20 the Bibliography menu. Intermediate spreadsheets had to be created to generate these 32. The structure of these spreadsheets is described in detail, along with the principle of naming the files and folders. The results are conveyed to the user through an Alphabetical Index and a Full Table; also, for the English works, a Master List. The chapter also gives an account of the Timeline added later to the site.


Text File Image File Short Piece File Management Musical Drama 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  2. 2.School of Cultural Texts and RecordsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesIndian Institute of TechnologyGuwahatiIndia

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