SD and I met to discuss two issues: some data oddities that I wasn't sure how to handle, and the re-shuffling of the recorder report dates.
#1: Data Oddities
We've made the following changes to the value lists (respites, crimes, outcomes):
#2: Recorder's Report Dates
We also discussed a better way to handle rec_rep_start_date, rec_rep_end_date, and rec_rep_pub_date. These currently cover multiple trial_files within the same case, but, given that the dates may change for trials within one case, we've decided to move the dates to within the trial_file element. This will result in more redundant data but will also give SD the flexibility to enter date oddities. Specifically, these changes will be made:
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Simon Devereaux has approximately 10,000 records of people convicted in potentially capital cases between 1710 and 1840 in London heard at the Old Bailey court. This project will create a web-based database which will allow interested researchers and members of the public to compose queries on that data (e.g. women charged with robbery 1710-1720). It must be able to support a range of queries and produce output allowing researchers to identify trends in judicial practice over that time.
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