Hi Brett, I use eXist-db with TEI files, I'd be happy to talk about it
with you if you want.
In a nutshell: I like eXist because it provides Xquery, and is
accessible from various interfaces. My usage always boils down to
sending XQueries to eXist, retrieving the results, and displaying them
I have first used it in a complex environment, mixing it with a Cocoon /
Lucene application. This is a website using this configuration:
Some pages that might be of interest to you:
- the list of texts in the corpus:
- an index that uses the power of Xquery:
http://thesaurus.sermones.net/voragine/list_distinctiones.xsp (it groups
together the description of figures of speech, the "distinctions, which
have a theme - Aduocatus, Amaritudo, Amor, etc. - and a structure). In
this first page of the index of distinctions, the structures are grouped
under the theme headword. Clicking on one of the structure abstract will
take you to the sermon containing the figure, which will be highlighted
in yellox. But clicking on one of the theme headwords (like "Amor", for
instance) will take you to a sub-index, listing all the distinctions
related to this headword, but not only their structure: their very text
is extracted from the sermons, and presented "out or context".
- a form allowing the users to create their oxn Xquery, with some
More recently I have used eXist from PHP scripts, thanks to the XMLRPC
interface. Check this other site for instance:
Each individual exercise is a TEI XML file, stored in eXist. The site
navigation is built with XQueries. Check the "Technical information"
page for some more details.
Le 25/04/2011 22:25, Brett Barney a écrit :
> Has anyone here done substantial work using eXist with TEI-encoded
> files? Ideally, I'd like to hear about experiences with creating (and
> have a look at examples of) interfaces for using eXist to search
> aggregations of texts. But any and all anecdotes are welcome.
> Many thanks,
> Brett Barney
> Research Associate Professor
> Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
> University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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