Monthly Archives: July 2010

ShipIndex as bag sponsor at 9th Maritime Heritage Conference

I’m excited to report that ShipIndex is a Bronze level sponsor for the upcoming Maritime Heritage Conference in Baltimore, this coming September. We’ll also be sponsoring the conference bags, which is particularly cool. This is the first sponsorship that we’ve undertaken so far, and we hope that it will go well.

A lot of what we need to do right now is get our name out there, so that the appropriate people learn what we’re doing, what our benefits are, and why their institutions should subscribe. (Of course, we also offer individual subscriptions, which are certainly a good thing, too — but they’re not appropriate for institutions, for a variety of reasons.)

So, getting our name (and our very cool logo) in front of several hundred maritime historians should be a very good thing. I’m going to attend, and I’ll spend my time talking with folks, too, about what we offer. We’ll have to see what comes from the event, and decide if it’s worth doing at other conferences in the future. It costs money, obviously, and that’s in reasonably short supply at the moment, but I think that, in the end, it’ll be worth doing. We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess.

A friend told me I should have put together a presentation about, and he pointed out all sorts of great stuff I could have done — talking about how we’re actually doing it, what problems we’re facing, what the implications are for unique vessel identifiers (especially for ships of a previous era, before IMO numbers and other modern identifiers), how developing identifiers for non-extant vessels could benefit researchers, and more. I wish I’d thought of it in time to submit a proposal, but I didn’t. Alas. But I think it’s actually a very interesting story, and I think that there’s quite a lot one can learn just from analyzing and discussing this very big database we’ve built (and continue to add to), so I hope I’ll find a good opportunity to talk about this some time in the not-too-distant future. If you think of a spot, please let me know.

And, of course, if you’ll be attending the conference, or if you’ll be in Baltimore during it, and you’d like to talk about, please tell me. It’s nearly my favorite subject, so I’m always happy to talk about it.

New functionality: Citation counts

Mike has built a nice new piece of the website that tells you how many citations you’ll find for each entry, and what type of resource you’ll find them in.

If you’re accessing the freely-accessible content, and don’t have a subscription, you’ll see how many citations are in the free database, and how many are in the complete database (ie, both the free and the premium databases). Each listing also shows what types of resources are listed, too. For example, if you’re using the free content, and you search for “Columbus“, you’ll see a message that reads:

The free database contains 112 citations from 40 resources, including 37 books, 2 journals, and 1 online resource, with 1 illustration.

The complete database contains 574 citations from 71 resources, including 51 books, 8 journals, and 12 online resources, with 3 illustrations and 24 passenger or crew lists.

Note that we also indicate how many illustrations and passenger or crew lists you’ll find in each part of the database, as well. This gives you a better feel for what to expect, if you’re trying to decide whether or not you should subscribe.

If you’re searching the premium database, you’ll see an entry like the following:

This ship has 574 citations from 71 resources, including 51 books, 8 journals, and 12 online resources, with 3 illustrations and 24 passenger or crew lists.

Of course, these numbers will change as we add more content.

We hope this will be especially useful for folks who are trying to decide if they should subscribe or not, but they’ll also be quite valuable for subscribers to ensure they’re seeing everything there is to see about their vessel.


New clients!

We’ve added several new clients in the past few months, but I’ve forgotten to mention them. These include

  • National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, England)
  • UCLA
  • US Merchant Marine Academy
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
  • Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)

Also, we have a number of institutions currently running trials, including:

  • Family History Library (Salt Lake City)
  • Library of Congress
  • US Naval Academy
  • Library of Virginia
  • La Crosse (WI) Public Library
  • Siuslaw (OR) Public Library

If you’re associated with any of these institutions, you should be able to access the complete contents of the site, without any problems at all. If you’re not associated with any of these institutions, you can always ask your local librarians to investigate a subscription to, and ask them to set up a free trial.

More New Content

Hi. Long time no blog. Sorry about that. First off, here’s new content added since the last time I posted such a list, about a month ago:

I’ve also re-imported data from two resources in the freely-available section, to update their illustrations indicators. Previously, that hadn’t been correctly represented for a few of the freely-available titles, but I’ve been addressing that. The most important of those is Newell’s McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, which was a particularly tough one to do, but it’s been completed, finally.

I’m also working on a few co-linking projects; I’d like to get more files from other sites online, as I’ve done with I hope to be able to announce something along those lines in the near future.

More information to follow. And, as always, we welcome knowing about titles you think should be added. I’ve got quite a list, but am always ready to add more.