XML markup in botanical context

Mark Jackson mj00kg at LION.RBGKEW.ORG.UK
Wed Apr 8 11:04:17 CDT 1998

We intend to seek funding to mark-up the Richard Spruce archives
held here at Kew, using the recently announced XML standard. The
content of the archive is quite diverse - it contains plant
collecting lists, journals, correspondence, etc.

Our aim is to create a digital text archive which can be processed
into various output media, but we are also interested in the
potential of using marked-up text as a searchable resource alongside
traditional databases.

Before we do, has anyone got any experience of marking up botanical
text using XML (or more likely SGML)? Are there any other projects
out there, perhaps to formulate a botanical DTD?

Mark Jackson
Applications Development Manager
Hanover House,
Kew Green,
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
M.Jackson at lion.rbgkew.org.uk

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