Access Innovations to Overhaul Metropolitan Opera Archive Database

Access Innovations is pleased to announce an engagement with the Metropolitan Opera to redesign the database for the opera’s Archive.

The Metropolitan Opera Archive provides public access to records of every performance by the venerable company including operas, performers, roles, and reviews; it also contains links to other media such as historic photographs and playbills.

While the Met’s available data is comprehensive, the functionality of the database requires modernization to facilitate better search functionality for the opera fans and researchers who use the site.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Met,” remarked Access Innovations president Marjorie M.K. Hlava. “It’s a pleasure to work with a dataset like this one.”

The new database will be designed to hold a custom XML schema tailored specifically to the information in the archive, explained Win Hansen, Access Innovations’ Production Coordinator.

“There are lots of eccentricities in the data—you can’t assume an opera has only one librettist,” said Hansen, “or that every performance was in New York. It has to be flexible to capture the details and make them searchable.”

The completed database project is slated to go live prior to the beginning of the Met’s 2016 opera season.

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