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  What is pinakes?
  Pinakes is a non-commercial tool the aim of which is to offer a renewed historiographic approach to the classification of the scientific heritage. Thanks to the integration of different types of objects, such as instruments, manuscripts, texts, iconography a.o., Pinakes aims at transforming the traditional approach to the primary sources of the history of science into a sort of archeology of scientific knowledge.
In order to achieve this ambitious project it was necessary to design a model of data-base, Pinakes, able to bring different classes of objects and items into one environment.

Thus, Pinakes offers both the possibility to develop a specific research within a restricted disciplinary target and the possibility to carry out large classification of libraries, archives and museums.

Pinakes has been thought as a database capable of hosting different levels of data structuring. On the basis of the choiche of the target, the user might be able to manage data form a very specific level to a more general description of the items

Pinakes is a relational database and is divided into three different bodies:

pallino.gif (871 byte) PinakesMain (Main engine and general input interface)
pallino.gif (871 byte) PinakesText (Text retrieval and structuring engine)
pallino.gif (871 byte) PinakesWeb (The remote access interface)

PinakesText can also be used during insert phase from the PinakesMain interface but it can work as a stand-alone database for project that focus only on text retrieve.
PinakesPerson is an archive of standardised person names (international naming rules for persons) that comes with PinakesMain and offers the advantages that all projects using PinakesMain will have a coherent and unique name index. The same rules and advantages are given for PinakesPlaces.

Pinakes input forms, help and the remote access interface are available in four languages (Italian, English, German and French).

Pinakes has been build within the research framework activity of the Istituto Museo di Storia della Scienza (Florence) and in collaboration with the following European institutions:
Blanceflor Foundation (Stockholm), CNRS (Paris), Istituto & Museo di Storia della Scienza (Florence), Office for History of Science - Uppsala University (Uppsala), Uppsala University Library (Uppsala).
  Current hosted projects
  Proposed projects
  Pinakes group


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