Today, I’ve uploaded a file that brings the total number of citations in ShipIndex.org to over 3 million! I’ve learned, as I’ve grown the size of the database, that it gets harder and hard to hit big milestones when you add another set of digits to the citation numbers. Nowadays, adding 100,000 citations is somewhat significant, but I feel like only the rollover in the millions mark (or maybe every half-million) is really worth noting.
The file that’s making the rollover is a very important one, and reflects some changes to data in the database. I’m actually reducing the number of resources in the database, but I think it’s appropriate. I’m not reducing content in any way. Before today, the database contained the following resources, all listed separately:
- Mariner’s Mirror (1970-1979; Vols. 56-65). London: Society for Nautical Research.
- Mariner’s Mirror (1980-1984; Vols. 66-70). London: Society for Nautical Research.
- Mariner’s Mirror (1990-1994; Vols. 76-80). London: Society for Nautical Research.
- Mariner’s Mirror (1995-1999; Vols. 81-85). London: Society for Nautical Research.
- Mariner’s Mirror (2000-2004; Vols. 86-90). London: Society for Nautical Research.
So, the database contained volumes 56-70 and volumes 76-90 of Mariner’s Mirror, the most important journal in maritime history. I’ve now added the missing content – volumes 1-55, and 71-75. And, I’ve put them all into one single ‘resource’, since they really are all the same set. I also standardized how the volume and page numbers appear in each citation. ShipIndex.org now shows ships mentioned in 90 volumes of Mariner’s Mirror. This is valuable stuff.
So, to be clear, I’ve removed five resources from the database, but I’ve kept all of their citations. I put them in a new resource, and then I added new citations to that resource. I’ve added citations for 30 years of Mariner’s Mirror to the database, and not removed any. These 30 years of new content add up to an additional 17,605 citations, getting me over 3 million in the total database.
Now you’ll find just one resource for all of Mariner’s Mirror, which makes a lot more sense:
- Mariner’s Mirror (1911-2004; Vols. 1-90). London: Society for Nautical Research.
Also, THREE MILLION CITATIONS.