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Integrated data management and analysis for the field linguist


Shoebox can automatically "stamp" database records with the date last edited.

Since it can take years to collect and analyze language and culture data, knowing when a record's last update occurred can help you manage the data more effectively. For example, at certain milestones or after reaching important new conclusions, you might need to review and revise some earlier analyses. Shoebox can automatically insert a field containing the current date into a database record when it is created and update it whenever it is edited. You can select records by sorting or filtering their "date stamp" fields.

The date stamp marker \dt is already set up for lexical databases, if you use the Multi-Dictionary Formatter, and for anthropology notes and analysis databases, if you use the files in the Anthro subfolder that is in the Shoebox program folder. To set it up for other kinds of data (e.g., for the Text database type).

  1. From the Database menu, choose Properties.
  2. If the Marker list does not already contain a marker for date stamps, add one.
  3. In the Database Type Properties dialog box, click the Options tab.
  4. From the Date Stamp Marker list, select the appropriate marker.
Note: Shoebox (version 4 and later) uses four-digit years in date stamp fields for year 2000 compatibility.

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