I've gone through SR's spec document for the form he wants to create to gather metadata from the authors of the articles in his encyclopedia. Quick and dirty would be SurveyMonkey, but it's not really set up to allow the user to add additional elements to the survey form. (e.g. name major works associated with artistic movement X and rate that work's importance outside the movement). I'm not sure he'll be willing to compromise the look and feel of the form to the degree I think will be required by SurveyMonkey.
Also created a very small ajax site that does allow the user to add elements to the form, and then processes the values of those elements to generate strings that go into an SQL db. Major concern is what to use as delimiters within those text strings. E.G. if the field in the DB is called Question1 and there are an arbitrary number of fields in the form whose values I must concatenate to produce the string that goes into Question1, what do I use to delimit each of those values from the form field? We're only using the SQL db as a temporary repository, so I don't really want to go to the bother of creating a full-on set of relational tables and all the code to modify then properly.
Met with AC and worked out details of the phase-1 enhancements agreed by the HCMC Committee:
Adaptive DB enhancements and data reorganization:
Search interface enhancements:
Added the list of new lectures scheduled for this year, and tweaked the committee list, per JS-R.
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