At last week’s Bass Culture get-together, we got down to the minutiae of data entry – the mind-numbing but crucial detail determining how the website will ultimately look. If James Aird is entered as “Aird, James” once, then all names will always be entered in indirect order. “Jas. Aird” becomes an alternative in another column, and “N.Stewart” must be looked up to double-check if he’s “Neil” or “Niel”.
Enter the Scottish Book Trade Index – one of Karen’s favourite websites, hosted by the National Library of Scotland. It’s fantastic for checking names and addresses of anyone connected with the Scottish Book Trade up to 1850 – ideal for our project. It simply must feature in our website bibliography page!