This page is the future home of the ADM 8 Database Project. This project will create a new type of research tool to investigate historical documents.
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.
The hope is that this project will become live by 1 November 2017, with an initial batch of data. In the meantime, below are a series of blogs written about this project.