The Almagest Database
Almagest is a media management, presentation, and authoring tool which can be used to store and organize a wide range of media, and create a network of semantic links among objects, people, texts, and ideas.
Almagest and Almagest Lecture Builder are tools for teaching and learning that can...
- manage and store media
- create and display digital lectures and presentations
- annotate and contextualize data for teaching
Almagest creates a web-based, permanent archive of data of many types. Because the underlying database is relational, the link structure provides an almost limitless set of complex relationships that catalog, annotate, and cross-reference data. This rich web of inter-relationships can be a powerful tool for discovery. The database can be used for research projects and courses.
Almagest can store and display not just images and text, but also a rich set of other media types, including audio, video, Flash animations, and PowerPoint.
The Lecture Builder tool allows one to organize these media into a presentation which can be viewed on the website or downloaded to Powerpoint. Its drag-and-drop editing model is quick and easy to use.
The Almagest database project is the result of more than a decade of development and has been used as a tool for teaching and scholarship at Princeton University for the past ten years.