Welcome to the home of the ADM 8 Database Project.
The impetus behind this project is the idea that there is a better approach to putting archival sources online than merely photographing them and making the images available. For some types of sources, like letters, books, and written prose or poetry, this is fine because most people will get the information they need from them by reading them. For others, like ship’s logs, certain types of standard reports, it is much more difficult to query the whole of the available volumes. This project is transcribing ADM 8, and will put the data into a relational database. This will allow researchers to access individual data points about officers and ships, view whole reports, but also query the entire database, ask questions that are not otherwise possible.
Below are a series of blogs written about this project, and the dropdown box to start examining the data.
Currently, researchers are limited to running pre-written functions. The intention is to eventually create a more advanced interface that will allow users to effectively create their own queries on the fly.