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These procedures were used by the staff to perform tasks associated with the project. Some of the procedures are specific to particular software or conditions at Tufts or the Bostonian Society. Others are more general in nature. All can be used to understand the workflow and process considerations required for a project of this type.

XML Directory to ESRI Shapefile Conversion (pdf)
These procedures provide detailed instructions for creating regularized directories, tab-delimited files, joins with geospatial data and shapefile visualizations of data found in the XML-encoded Boston city directories. These procedures offer a step-by-step guide to using TextPad, CygWin, MS Access, and Esri’s ArcMap program for the conversion.
Calculating Data Entry Estimates (pdf)
Instructions for calculating the number of keystrokes in a text document