The systematic reorganization of data to place similar data elements in the same order. This is intended to improve pattern recognition for enhanced utility of the data.
The "Tapestry Project" uses a variety of techniques to display information obtained from sources such as Source:Chalkley, 1912-1913. Sometimes these data are presented in the original as in an irregular manner. For example, a cemetery record normally includes information about the persons date of birth, date of death, and often includes family information. Depending on the transcription, these data may be presented in varying order. To make these data more accessible, its often desirable to "regularize" them, by placing the various data elements of each entry into the same order.
As an example, Source:Chalkley, 1912-1913 provides a transcription of the Glebe cemetery in Augusta County. The information given for each person is primarily ordered as:
Sometimes the information is given in a slightly different order, or some information recorded in a different manner. A number of entries follow the format
Or in other combinations. Here are some specific examples
These data can be made more accessible by placing the various data elements in a consistent order. Usually, something like
is most useful. This is especially helpful when the data is displayed in tabular format, as this makes it easy for the reader to search through the data set, comparing a particular data element, such as DOB's. In the case of the Glebe Cemetery transcription the above examples would look something like this: