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Sunday, August 28, 2005

BATSIS is born

BATSIS, Biblical And Theological Studies Indexing System, was born yesterday. This new system provides a common format for indexing biblical and theological studies posted on the Internet. The BATSIS system does this through tags which appear on the BATSIS at the Del.icio.us tagging system. You can not only tag your own blog or website so your visitors can see what topics you have written on, but your writings can also be registered in the BATSIS system. Visit BATSIS to learn more. Feel free to ask questions there about BATSIS and to offer suggestions so the system can work as well as possible.

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3 Comments:

At Sun Aug 28, 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Wayne, if you are aiming (eventually) at more than a tagging of biblioblogs, then someone is going to have to add all the material already in NT Gateway and iTanakh / OT Gateway... I'd envisaged the smaller goal of allowing bibliobloggers to share a common(ish) index...

 
At Sun Aug 28, 02:07:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

Wayne, if you are aiming (eventually) at more than a tagging of biblioblogs, then someone is going to have to add all the material already in NT Gateway and iTanakh / OT Gateway... I'd envisaged the smaller goal of allowing bibliobloggers to share a common(ish) index...

Tim, dual horizons of prophecy here! It seems to me that the immediate goal is what you stated at the end. BATSIS provides bloggers and others with the tools they can use to share a common index.

But, hey, why not shoot for Mars if we know we can hit the moon?!

As I told my wife over lunch today, this could be a huuuuge project. I don't harbor any expectations that a thorough accounting of all BATR e-texts on the Web it can be realistically achieved. But if enuf authors and library science folks and others who are interested help out, tagging any article or webpage they come across, then we will be much farther than we are today.

And yes, good places to start would be the NT Gateway and iTanakh/OT Gateway. Maybe some grad students somewhere can work on this for credit or work/study hours.

I like to dream but I'm also a realist. I think if we keep encouraging biblical scholars to tag their Internet materials then BATSIS can pick up their tags and increasingly become a valuable resource.

I'm not going to lost sleep keyboarding tags from long bibliographies. But if more bloggers and webpage authors remember to send tags for their material to BATSIS, there will be good progress made.

Instead of saying "goal", I should have said, a "potential goal" and I probably should have referred to an "immediate goal."

 
At Sun Aug 28, 02:12:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

Tim, I have just revised the post so it doesn't sound like we're trying to cover the whole universe.

 

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