The idea has been in my head for a few months now that it would be nice to have a feature that allowed me to see which hymns reference the biblical text I happen to be reading on Accordance. This thought came to mind because I usually use Accordance for sermon prep, and often I need to select hymns for the same Sunday that I'm preaching. So, for instance, as I'm preparing to preach on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, I would like to quickly know that there are three hymns that directly reference this passage of scripture and I'd like to know where I can find them.
I figured that this is more of a grassroots project from the users than a project that the Accordance folks would do. I know the initial release of this project might take up to a few years because it'll be done in my spare time, but I'm willing to do the work and share it on Accordance Exchange. However, before I begin this project, I would like to make sure that this is done correctly and organized in a way that other users like. So here are a few questions for you:
- Am I correct in thinking that the best way to create this is by using the My Notes feature? That way the user could click on the dot if they wanted to see which hymns reference that verse/story.
- What info would you like each entry to contain? I would ideally like to see the hymn's common title (e.g. "The Church's One Foundation"), its hymn number with an abbreviated hymnal title (e.g. LBW 369), and the author of the text (e.g. Samuel J. Stone). Is there other information that you'd really like each entry to contain?
- Being a grassroots project, how could others contribute to this, either as the first version is being produced or over time? I'm Lutheran, so I'll admit that I'll begin with a lot of our hymnals. Do I simply share my work on Accordance Exchange (Hymn References 1.0), and allow others to update it as they see fit (posting their updated version as Hymn References 2.0)? If we go this path, I think the decided-upon process needs to be explained at the top of the work itself, that way we know we are always building off of the latest version. Or should other volunteers email me with the info that they've compiled from their hymnal(s), that way I can include it in the first release? Do you have any thoughts on a better way to do this?
Edited by Kris, 20 March 2010 - 05:48 PM.