As far as the contents go, we have finished the automated download and extraction routines, and written adapters for SLV, GLD, BullionVault and Perth Mint Allocated Pool Silver. We are yet to complete the adapters for GoldMoney and ETF Securities (but we have historical data).
At time of writing, we have the data from quite a lot of documents (we store and process a copy of each PDF when the document has been changed). Originally we started with SLV then got interested in all the other funds as well. Note: the custodian code is my internal 3-letter code.
Historical Data: The original PDF documents used as source are also available to the public. The names of the PDF documents are registered in the 'Documents' table, and have been normalised with a special code indicating the date (self-describing). You can view the files we have made available to the public (the value specified for <Url> is the download link for each individual file). This will probably what people are interested in most, because it gives access to historical bar lists.
*** EDIT MADE September 2012, please use the following page location for PDF links:
Database Itself: The database contains all the PDF content, basically every bullion bar record is a row in the database, originally from the PDF files. To connect to the database you'll need some software - here are the details of how to connect to it. Please note this is Windows orientated - apologies, I don't use a Mac. First, download a copy of Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. It's free, but it's chunky and does require some installation prerequisites.
Database Server: erwzbgqjg0.database.windows.net
Database Name: BullionBars
User Name: slvreadonly
Your main connection screen should look like this:
In the second screen under Connection Properties, make sure the database is 'BullionBars'.
UPDATE (Sept 2012): Currently, to minimize hosting costs (as the size of the database grew very rapidly - many many gigabytes) the database is not in the cloud (so you can't connect to it currently) however the server is still active and I have plans to place analysis information in the database in its place.
Disclaimer: If you wish to use this resource, be sure to read the disclaimer at the bottom of the website here which basically states we are not under any specific obligation to do anything for anyone.
Speed: Multiple logins are allowed, and the database itself is hosted in an east-coast data centre in america so you should find speed quite sufficient.
Expertise Required: This is enterprise-level software and accordingly it requires enterprise-level skills to get in and use it. In order for the resource to be of any benefit, you'll need high quality questions to ask the data.
Expectations: In the spirit of the exercise, if you get any value from the database, please share what you can with my team here at Screwtape Files.
Copyright: The data is just data collected from the public domain over snapshots of time. Anyone who wanted to, could have downloaded the bar lists publicly and anonymously. In itself the database it is not special and holds no special value apart from the fact that the data has been collated and indexed.
Summary: The real value comes from the questions we can ask from the data (like 'has this serial number ever appeared in the GLD bar list?') and these questions like these will form the basis of interesting posts as we look at the data. If you have any questions for connecting, you can comment here, any great suggestions you can still lodge them here, or just send me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org.