March 21-24, 2016 we are hosting a conference on Demon Things: Ancient Egyptian Manifestations of Liminal Entities. Needless to say, it is alot of work. At the moment, we are gathering speaker confirmations for the conference. One of my main tasks will be to get our database ready for the start, as it is due to launch on the first evening! We want to get feedback from users during it (and somehow before it!)
We have 2 versions in the works:
1) A data entry version for researchers. Some of the issues we have yet to sort out is how to grant access for scholars who would like to add their own data (from their own dataset or time period). How do we control the quality?
We are using FileMaker Pro, as it has a server version, and is cross-platform (this is very important to us.)
Here is a screen shot of what one of the pages looks like from our “DemonBase” (as I write the 2 PhD students involved in the project are working on the database. One is just arriving back from Egypt, where she took photographs, and the other is inputting). As of today we have 3100 entities recorded!
2) A public facing website. This is the most difficult task. What we need is someone who likes to design websites. But first, what do people want to see? Focus groups would perhaps be useful? Time time time!