How it Works
In raw form, the database
consists of a collection of data files, three tables describing the
contents of the data files and the links between the three branches
of the database, and a collection of scripts for building the processed
document. Also, the textual portion of the document exists as LaTeX
files on the Unix platform.
The data files are created by digitizing the original references
and are stored in semi-formatted form on our Unix cluster. The raw
linking tables are stored and edited as Microsoft Excel files on a PC.
The linking tables are uploaded to the Unix cluster and the rest of the
build process is automated by make and a series of perl
Since the full build process involves generating a series of LaTeX
files, plotting the summary graphs from the data sets, processing
the plots into two different forms, formatting the data sets, running
LaTeX, and generating the HTML files, make saves considerable
time by omitting tasks that are not required.
The figure below shows the procedure used to generate this database
following additions or modifications.
For the reference of those who will add data (or make corrections)
to the database, an instructions file has
Edited Last: May 27, 2002