Pedigree Data

Breeders Assistant keeps your data in a pedigree database, which is a data file stored locally on your computer. You can (and should) make backups of this file by copying the file elsewhere, e.g. to a USB memory stick.

Typically you would keep just one database but you can actually have as many as you like. The main reason for having multiple databases is to store data for unrelated animals, e.g. to keep breeds separate from each other.

Importing Data

Breeders Assistant provides a flexible and powerful mechanism to import pedigree data from external sources, in Text/CSV format. Many programs, including our own, but also some 3rd party pedigree software products and other software such as widely used spreadsheets and databases can generate Text/CSV files. Options in BA's import facility include:

  • Choice of exactly which fields you want to import, and in what order.
  • Select delimiter (normally comma) and field quotation options.
  • Whether or not to ignore any heading line (e.g. with column titles).
  • Whether to import from a text file or from the clipboard.
  • Whether to automatically add newly discovered titles to the standard titles lists.
  • Whether to auto-detect the breed registry from the registration numbers - especially useful in the cat version of BA for CFA/TICA.
  • Whether you want to be prompted to resolve import ambiguities. E.g. if you're importing an owner name of 'Mr Smith' but you have 2 existing contacts 'Mr A Smith' and 'Mr B Smith', which one - if either of them - is it?
  • Whether you want imported records to be automatically tagged - useful for reviewing the imported data once its been merged into your database.

BA can also import directly from GEDCOM files. GEDCOM is a standard file format developer by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and is the de-facto standard for exchange of human genealogical data. Our GEDCOM importer processes family (FAM) and individual (INDI) records in a highly configurable way that allows you to customize the import by specifying additional GEDCOM tags to be imported from the source data and transferred to selected fields within the Breeders Assistant database.

Some forms of text pedigree can also be directly imported - both pedigrees generated by Breeders Assistant but also many text pedigree formats that are in common use on the internet for pedigree exchange e.g. in mailing lists.

XML import is also provided and is a good way to transfer data from other programs that also support the same XML format e.g. our Pedigree Assistant product.

Exporting Data

Breeders Assistant provides a similarly powerful and configurable facility for extracting (exporting) data from your database in text (CSV) format. Options include:

  • Your choice of the fields to be exported, and in what order.
  • Select delimiter (normally comma) and field quotation options.
  • Choose whether to generate a heading line with column names.
  • Advanced users can specify a custom export string for even greater flexibility - allows access to field codes and you can use macros to further manipulate the text prior to output.
  • Export to text file or to the clipboard.

You can set up multiple export configurations - so you can switch between different export layouts quickly.

XML export is also provided and is the preferred way to transfer data other programs that also support the same XML format, such as our Pedigree Assistant product.

Web Pedigree Databases

Breeders Assistant can directly generate the data files required by the Alfirin web pedigree database system.

Use of this system lets you provide a searchable pedigree database on your web site.

Breeders Assistant can generate the following data files that are used by the Alfirin system:

  • .dbw/.ixw files - these contain the main details of the animals(.dbw) and an index(.ixw).
  • Optionally, .brw/.bxw files - these contain details of breedings and need to be provided if you want to include breeding information on the site.
  • Optionally, a .kxw file - this contains a keyword index and is needed to provide fast keyword searching.

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