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About the Software

The Almagest database was designed and developed at Princeton University by Kirk Alexander, Kevin Perry and their colleagues. Almagest is maintained by the Educational Technologies Center (ETC) at Princeton University.

Almagest was designed to be a web-accessible database for describing objects, places and people and linking these concepts to image files used in many different courses to provide course-related resources.

Images and their identifying information are delivered across the internet using standard web browsers. In addition to Almagest’s support of rich data structure, simple slide databases are supported in a simple manner. More complex uses of the database build on an interlinked set of tables designed to describe and hyperlink works of art and literature, sites, bibliography, glossary and all manner of attributes.

The original database design grew out of work done in support of a few research projects in the Art & Archaeology Department, starting around 1998. The current implementation is coded in Java and runs on an Oracle database engine and Apache Tomcat web server.