There has been quite a bit of interest in the tool we’ve been developing to solve the (mis-)alignment of data across our multiple catalogs.
Today we’re pleased to be able to make a release available for download, albeit in an unsupported beta form!
Download Alignment Tool (beta 1) (Firefox 3.5+ or WebKit only)
Whilst we can’t make the data we’re working on available for download, we’ve created an example data set using names from the ECS Eprints repository. The use-case example here is that you have multiple name representations for specific individuals and you’d like to find the matches. Once installed the alignment tool will list all ‘Authors’ and when requested will present basic information about the papers/deposits that the author string was found on. For justifications on why the additional metadata/context is important be sure to read the previous post about the development process for the tool.
If you’d like to get the latest source-code for the tool as it evolves/improves you can check it out from our SVN repository which is hosted on the project’s Google Code page.
Finally, if you’d like to see what the Alignment tool should look like once you’ve got it installed then take a look at this screencast produced by our resident Musicologist David Bretherton for his recent presentation at AHM2010.