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This demonstration site has the extracted German and Russian books collections from the “new video” database as live searchable tables. Going to their respective page and entering text will progressively display search results.

On the back-end, they are essentially spreadsheets, loaded into memory when the page loads. This works well with collections with hundreds of items, and makes the live search function very fast, but it can become unwieldy to edit with larger collections.

With this tool (TablePress) collections can be edited with the site itself in an interface like a very stripped down version of Excel. Or the collection can be kept in an actual Excel spreadsheet and then uploaded to the site when updated. This is largely a matter of preference, though again, with large collections (in the thousands) the editor within the site can bog down.

Jason Brown, Pomona ITS