Archives for: March 2012, 15


Permalink 09:46:45 am, by mholmes, 99 words, 173 views   English (CA)
Categories: Activity log, Tasks; Mins. worked: 175

Need to check linking of vessels

NOTE: Completed 2012-04-23. Many new vessel entries have resulted from this work, and they will need to be completed when time permits.

Try this, first in /db/coldesp/correspondence, and then in /db/coldesp/:

xquery version "1.0";

declare default element namespace "";

for $r in //name[@type='vessel'][not(@key)]
return $r

The vessel tags inside the correspondence seem mainly to be for vessels which HAVE write-ups; these should simply be correctly linked with @key. The broader set include vessels which may not have bios yet; bios need to be created, and those vessels linked.

Permalink 09:09:52 am, by mholmes, 191 words, 87 views   English (CA)
Categories: Activity log; Mins. worked: 30

TNB's report at end of workstudy

This is the state of play on TNB's work as of today:

  • Peripheral bios will all be finished except for one:
    • gordon_t, Captain George T Gordon is the entry.
    • He was captain of the Cormorant, on station in Nisqually in 1846.
    • Gordon Lake was named after him.
    • More research is required to complete his bio.
  • B58 bios: references all switched to Chicago style, and minor edits done up to storks_hk. Old references have just been commented out. Sometimes better references have been added, from a more recent source.
  • A lot of citations for the revised bios still need to be checked in hard copies in the library; sometimes the library will have a different edition, and page numbers may have to be changed.
  • Many, many bios remain to be completed (more than two thirds).
  • Many bios refer to BCDES and could be linked to page-images we have (e.g. the bio for shepherd_j), but we currently lack a system to link from editorial text to a page-image. This needs to be implemented, and BCDES references linked and clarified.
  • Vessels and placenames are up to date to the end of 1861.

Colonial Despatches

The Colonial Despatches is an XML database project which is creating a digital archive containing the original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The project lives at, and the web application runs on the Pear dev Tomcat. The XML data is managed in SVN at



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