>>One thing this debate seems to show is that there is a need to invest
>>some time and resources in working out the best methods for the storage
>>of digital data. Unless they've had sufficient training, it's no more
>>feasible for an archaeologist to start building databases systems, than
>>it is for a database designer to pick up a trowel and start digging a
>I think that is the crunch point. The discussion has involved two groups
>of people (with a little overlap) - archaeologists who blanch at
>anything more arcane than Excel, and IT experts who rush off scripts and
>VB applications before breakfast every day.
True but if you *do* start in Excel the path through Acess to an SQL engine
is fairly straight forward. *Any* tool will do if it provides the
information that *you* particularly want. Using "standard" Microsoft
products goes a long way to help in portability.
The Mediaeval Combat Society
The Historical Reenactment Web Site