Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Calling the technically inclined

Ok, so perhaps this isn't quite the typical use for the blog, but I'm wondering if anyone out there knows a technically inclined friend, who might be a programmer, who can help.

I'm switching databases that I use to store my research. I've been using Microsoft Access but this isn't available for my new Mac. I would like to test out Filemaker but need to get the material in Access over to Filemaker. It's not, for me, a straightforward process. And from what I've been reading, it might even involve writing a program to do it. Any ideas?

I know that Zotero is probably even better but I don't think it will take in my data from Access. Perhaps for the next book...


  1. If you export your Access database to some sort of text format:
    comma delimited with quotes, would probably be best,
    then it should be fairly straightforward to import that back into Filemaker.

    If it needs any coding to re-format it for Filemaker input, I'd be happy to give you a hand - I cah whip up a Python script pretty easily that would re-encode it properly.

    Daniel Simeone,
    Doctoral candidate,
    McGill University

  2. Read this:

    It claims it takes ODBC input, which Access should almost certainly be able to export to. (It would be embarassing if it can't.)

    That might be easier.

  3. Many, many thanks for this help Daniel. I'll see if I can't make it work. If not I'll reply later.

    I had tried putting it into Excel but I discovered that excel cells are pretty limited in what they can hold and so I lost most of the info from my larger fields. html didn't work either.

    Thanks again!