Great to hear from you, Richard.
I have fond memories of speaking/attending the MCN conference last year. It was the highlight of my involvement with the Universal Preservation Format project.
Since ending my two year stint with the UPF project, I've developed many FileMaker databases here at WGBH. By far my favorite project was to help design a relational FileMaker database for a finding aids project, the New Television Workshop, led by Project Archivist Selene Colburn. I also created an "html generator" to export these records as static html pages.
FileMaker was also used to generate the html index pages (titles, people, subject), which linked to the individual finding aids. (All of this done with just clicks of a few buttons!)
Though the New Television Workshop is the only finding aids I've worked on so far, I used FileMaker to generate the html resource pages for Africans in America and some of the American Experience programs. And we use FileMaker as an automatic email/submissions parser for the Zoom website.
For sheer fun, I am experimenting with using the program as both an SQL table/insert creator and an XML generator.
Check out the New Television Workshop Finding Aids at:
Africans in America resource pages can be found at:
Anyway, it's nice to hear good things said about FileMaker. It's by far the friendliest tool out there, and its just about the only commercial database software that is truly cross-platform. (We are primarily Mac users here at WGBH.)
WGBH Educational Foundation
On Thursday, April 27, 2000, Richard Rinehart <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Hi Mark, and in case anyone else might be interested....
>The two EAD consortia projects I mentioned are:
>Museums and the Online Archive of California
>Conceptual and Intermedia Arts Online
>Both sites have lists of participants. At least half the participants
>in each project are using FileMaker, but that may fluctuate as others
>look at the new imaging/EAD database.
>I too would be interested in hearing of any others on this list who
>may use FileMaker for EAD-related purposes.
>>At 6:54 PM -0700 4/26/00, Richard Rinehart wrote:
>>>Thanks for posting this,
>>>My institution (Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive) uses
>>>FileMaker in conjunction with collections, imaging, and EAD. In
>>>addition, several members of two EAD-based consortial efforts are
>>>also using a shared FileMaker database for imaging and EAD purposes.
>>Richard: As a fellow FileMaker user, I'd be interested in knowing who
>>the other FileMaker users are, who are the EAD consortia members.
>>--MIKE WIDENER, Archivist/Rare Books Librarian, Tarlton Law Library,
>>School of Law, University of Texas at Austin | 727 E. Dean Keeton
>>St., Austin, TX 78705-3224 | Phone 512/471-7263 | fax 512/471-0243 |
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