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#1 mikes

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 01:41 AM

I'm going through my library and creating a user tool that lists out what I have, some helpful annotations around an entry/module, and the "About This Text.." text. Here's an example entry:
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The Apostolic Fathers [AFL-E]

Includes the following books:
First Clement [AFL-E,V,1Clem]
Second Clement [AFL-E,V,2Clem]
The Epistles of Ignatius

to the Ephesians [AFL-E,V,Eph]
to the Magnesians [AFL-E,V, Mag]
to the Trallians [AFL-E,V,Tral]
to the Romans [AFL-E,V,Rom]
to the Philadelphians [AFL-E,V,Phila]
to the Smynaeans [AFL-E,V,Smyr]
to Polycarp [AFL-E,V,Poly]

Epistle of Polycarp [AFL-E,V,Phili]
The Martyrdom of Polycarp [AFL-E,V,MPoly]
The Didache: Teaching of the Apostles [AFL-E,V,Did]
The Epistle of Barnabas [AFL-E,V,Barn]
The Shepherd of Hermas [AFL-E,V,Shep]
The Epistle to Diogentus [AFL-E,V,Diog]

Appears to be missing two sections from the original printing:
The Fragments of Papias
Reliques fo the Elders Preserved in Irenaeus

[Read Me-Modules, Title, AFL-T]
This text represents the 1891 edition of the Lightfoot Apostolic Fathers, revised by J. R. Harmer. This Accordance edition contains only the Greek texts of the Apostolic Fathers.

It differs from the print text in that it adopts the continuous versification system of Shepherd of Hermas developed by Michael Holmes in his Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations (Baker). This allows for a more ready comparison of the two.

The Holmes edition (AF) is the more complete edition and is now the standard scholarly edition. The Accordance version of the Holmes text includes the entire critical text, Latin sections, along with footnotes, critical apparatus, and English translation.

External Links
Book on Google: http://books.google....page&q=&f=false

About This Text:
The Apostolic Fathers

Translated by J.B. Lightfoot.
Public Domain

Version 1.0
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I've already learned a lot about many of the modules I never took the time to dig into before. A great exercise to help me find something I'm looking for quickly instead of a global search that may or may not return the results I want. For example, I remember that I have the Didache, but cannot remember in what module or tool. Searching this tool shows me I have it in AFL-E and a click takes me directly to that writing. As I start to flesh this out further and personalize it, I'll pull in links to tools as well (e.g. [Anchor, Entry, Didache] ).

Has anyone else gone through this exercise? If so, would you be interested in sharing your work and/or lessons learned?

Would anyone like to join me in working further on this beast of a project? I now have all my texts done, about to start on my tools (233 of them!) and would love to share the work. Anyone interested?

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:39 AM

I'm going through my library and creating a user tool that lists out what I have, some helpful annotations around an entry/module, and the "About This Text.." text. ...

Has anyone else gone through this exercise? If so, would you be interested in sharing your work and/or lessons learned?

Would anyone like to join me in working further on this beast of a project? I now have all my texts done, about to start on my tools (233 of them!) and would love to share the work. Anyone interested?


I've often thought that this kind of thing would be very useful. I even started on doing something like this already. I'd like to work with you a bit on this (though I can't say how <i>much</i> actual time I'd have for it. It'd be really nice to have this also, in my humble opinion, because some module names are so counter-intuitive and really don't give any particular insight into what's in them, unless you browse through them. Let me know if you'd still like help and how I can be of service...

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

Before you all invest too much time in this, please know that future upgrades will offer more easily accessible information about modules.
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 10:50 AM

oooo...that's good to know! Ah, this is me stopping doing useless things! ;-) Thanks for letting us in on that, Helen. It would be a very useful feature for me to be able to access that information in a new and improved way.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 01:52 PM

When I purchased the Accordance Library 8 Premier, I had no idea of the breadth of information in it. I made a simple spreadsheet with descriptions and links to the Accordance website for my reference. Have a look: http://spreadsheets....d=0&output=html
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 02:08 PM

When I purchased the Accordance Library 8 Premier, I had no idea of the breadth of information in it. I made a simple spreadsheet with descriptions and links to the Accordance website for my reference. Have a look: http://spreadsheets....d=0&output=html


Thanks Robert,
I'll go ahead and incorporate this and post in user tool format in the few days. A fantastic resource!

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:16 PM

Before you all invest too much time in this, please know that future upgrades will offer more easily accessible information about modules.


Helen,
Thank you for hearing the requests of many along these lines and responding.

As I'm going through this exercise, I'm finding some of the value in a few originally unintended areas:
1. Links to related external resources
2. Biographies on the author(s)/editors
3. More Subjective view of the influence/theology/approach of the resource
Think rating and my view of their leaning toward a particular theological world view, if the resource is a more devotional/pastoral/technical or "special" resource (bestcommentaries.com my inspiration here).
4. Mini-history/background for texts (e.g. Where does this bible translation come from and what community is or was most interested in it?)

I see the development of this kind of content as a valuable community resource that helps people to better understand the resources they have. A kind of "Accordance-pedia" with all the cool functionality of Accordance's search and interaction with existing modules. Of course, I'm hoping for future improvements of User Tools and Notes (e.g. better User Tool linking/linking in Notes, Notes on Tools, highlighting on User Tools, etc) to amplify the benefits.

Am I just barking up the wrong tree here? Should I just wait and do the more personalized content work in tools that are more content development friendly?

Thanks,

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:20 PM

Here's the current iteration of the user tool thus far.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:02 PM

I think what you are doing goes way beyond anything we are planning. We hope to have accurate bibliographic citations of the tools, and later to improve the Library window to search on the real names of modules rather than only the actual file name. We probably won't have key words let alone biographies, backgrounds, and theological views of the works!
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