I build databases and websites. This is because I not only feel that the internet is a great place to share ideas, but also a place where you can organize and analyze your data. There is so much stuff that I am working with that needs to be organized, and all systems that other people use are either location dependent or useless to my specific purposes. So I decided, early on in my research career, to do things my way. I learned myself PHP and MySQL and developed my own platform, which I can use to store and organize my bibliographical data, most of the archaeological evidence, and the textual evidence I am working with. What you see here, is the front end of that system, which is continuously changing as my research needs develop.
While I was at Oxford, I have used part of this experience to develop de OXREP Website and the OXREP data server, which contains several widely varying databases. For this data server, we used a PgSQL database and a PHP-front end system. The database has a rigid core consisting of a fixed hierarchy of tables with spatial data (areas, sites, buildings), and several additional tables used to describe these data (events, keywords, references, notes). Moveable objects and texts can be linked to the spatial hierarchy. This has the benefit of having a clear structure that allows you to put comparable data in the same table, without losing the flexibility that you need to combine a widely varying set of databases into one working system.