[Techtalk] Software recommendation: photo database
Rudy L. Zijlstra
rudy at edsons.demon.nl
Mon Dec 29 02:16:25 EST 2003
>On Sun, Dec 28, 2003, Rudy L. Zijlstra wrote:
>>Sigh, I suspect your best solution may be MySQL, which runs on quit a
>>few platforms, and has a GUI available for development as well.
>>Alternatively you could investigate into OpenLDAP, which may be able to
>>handle this as well. You are basically asking for an open DataBase, and
>>my knowledge on that is limited. Especially in the Windows arena.
>It doesn't really win on the "my family can take it and keep using it
>when I die without really understanding what it is" front, unfortunately
>It needs a database admin to keep it working.
Which is why you need to consider what you will be using it for. In a
particular configuration, with a well defined database, the problem will
arise during system/program upgrades.
From the original post i got the impression your family is starting in
on family (history / genealogical) research. If that is the case, you
will find that the requirements start growing quickly. Writing a program
that handles that kind of information from scratch is, i fear, a
Alternatively they can work with just a document editor for the
genalogical data, and build either descendant trees or ancestor trees,
but that takes a lot of consistency and knowledge to keep them correct,
which a good genealogical program helps with. Also, such programs can -
and do - store data in such a way that those reports can be generated
from the internal database.
Recent versions of such programs also handle pictures, photos and other
information. In such a case you look up great-uncle Joe Doe and from him
you find linked all the photographs that contain him.
No matter what you choose to do, data entry will be a lot of work.
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