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You can create a new page for any entity or source that is within the scope of this project if it doesn't already have a page in this wiki. Pages are usually created by forms. The lists below tell you which form to use for which type of thing. Most forms will ask you to enter the name of the page that you want to create. Please check Help:Page name conventions before deciding what to call it, but don't worry too much about getting it wrong as we can easily change it later. Some types of pages have numbers automatically assigned, so you don't need to specify a name for the page.

You can also create pages by clicking on red links. In this case you may be forwarded to the correct form, or you may be taken to another page that asks you to choose a form. You may need to look at the present page to help you choose the right form (you can have this page open in another tab or window if it helps).

Historical entities

These entities represent individual people, places, organizations or events that existed in the 17th century.

Location and Event pages for each unit or agent should always be created using the red links on that unit or agent's page. This will always forward you to the correct form.

People and animals

  • Agent for historical people and animals of any other species who were alive between about 1637 and 1660.
  • Author for people who were not alive in this period and are only included as authors or editors of sources.

Places and organizations

  • Address is used for physical locations such as towns, villages, buildings and streets.
  • Unit is for organizations that occupied a specific location and could move (even if they didn't move much in practice). This includes:
    • military units
    • ships
    • committees
    • guilds and companies
    • households
  • Area is for administrative organizations that covered a geographical area. The boundaries of the area may have changed, but the location of the organization can't move drastically. This includes:
    • wartime associations
    • parishes and their sub-units, such as townships and chapelries
    • ecclesiastical units such as rural deaneries, archdeaconries, dioceses, and peculiar jurisdictions
    • civil units such as hundreds, boroughs, and counties. Counties will usually be represented by several areas:
      • county at large (the largest extent of a shire, including any corporate counties)
      • commission of the peace
      • shrievalty
      • lieutenancy
  • parliamentary constituencies, including boroughs, shires and corporate counties. A constituency will always be represented separately.

Events

  • Event is now used for all battles, sieges and other combat events, and for formal meetings of organizations. In future it could be used for other types of events.

Sources

  • GLAM represents a gallery, library, archive, or museum that holds manuscripts, early printed books, images, or material objects (although images and objects will not be implemented until a later phase of this project)
  • Collection is currently used to represent a collection of manuscripts held by a GLAM. It can cover any level from an individual volume containing multiple documents to a series of volumes. Collections can be parents of other collections. Note that some manuscript volumes are counted as Manuscript text if the whole volume is part of the same text such as a diary. At TNA a collection can cover a department code, series, sub-series, piece, or part within a piece. At the British Library it can cover an individual volume or a series of volumes.
  • Author is for authors or editors of sources who were not alive between about 1637 and 1660.
  • Serial publication can represent any serial publication published at any time. This includes:
    • 17th-century newsbooks
    • modern academic journals
    • magazines
    • record society series
    • a series of monographs or edited collections

Publishers and publication places are not represented except for printed editions published between about 1637 and 1660. In these cases the publishers are historical people or organizations.

Works

  • Work is used for works that have more than one version (including printed editions and manuscripts copies).
  • if a work only has one major book edition and no other versions, work level is combined with edition level using Book.
  • if a work has only been published once as an article, work level is combined with article level using Article.

For the purposes of this project, a written work can be:

  • a text that has at least one published version
  • an unpublished text that has at least two manuscript versions that can reasonably be classed as versions of the same text. This can include lost manuscripts that are known to have existed in the past.

Manuscript texts that only have one known version are represented only at copy level, not at work level.

(All works are now named. We are not using unnamed works any more so the relevant form, template and category have been deleted.)

An edition can have more than one parent work if it is a compilation of more than one work.

Manuscripts

  • Manuscript text is used for an individual text that survives in manuscript
  • Lost manuscript text is for a text that is known to have existed in manuscript but has since been lost. This can be because it is known to have been destroyed, or because its current location is unknown. It can also be used for manuscripts that are known to survive in a private collection if the owner does not want to be identified, or if the collection does not have formal catalogue references. This form automatically generates a number for the page name, so you don't need to choose a name before you create the page.
  • Manuscript text section is a division of a text. This can be:
    • physical, such as a page or folio
    • logical, such as a chapter
    • arbitrary, such as a passage of a narrative that covers a certain event, even if the author didn't distinguish it in any way (this can be useful for linking accounts of battles, for example)
  • Blank represents one or more blank pages in a manuscript. It has very few properties but is useful for indicating that there is no text. Its parent can be a collection, a manuscript text or a section.

Whether lost or extant, a manuscript text usually represents one individual document such as:

  • a letter
  • a petition
  • a pay warrant
  • an account book
  • a diary

A text can be a parent of another text, for example:

  • a letter book is a text, and each letter copied into it is also a text
  • an account book is a text; if it contains copies of warrants and/or receipts, each of these is also a text
  • a volume of a probate register is a text, and each will copied into it is also a text

Published editions: books

Book represents editions of a work published as a book at any time. This can include:

  • a monograph
  • an edited collection
  • a record society volume
  • an issue of a 17th-century newsbook or other serial
  • a broadside (not technically a book but classed as a book for convenience)

A book is classed as a major edition if:

  • it's the first published edition
  • it's explicitly numbered as a subsequent edition (eg 2nd edition)
  • it has substantial changes to the text compared to an earlier edition, or if it adds extra text such as a new foreword, preface, introduction, appendix or editorial notes
  • it adds a new author or editor
  • it's a translation into a different language
  • it appears in a different format from another edition, for example if the same work is published as an article and a book
  • it's a compilation of more than one work that have also been published separately or in different combinations
  • it's a different issue of a periodical

If none of these apply, a book is classed as a minor edition if it has a different:

  • ESTC or USTC number
  • ISBN (the paperback and hardback versions usually have different ISBNs and should each be classed as separate minor editions even if the contents are exactly the same)
  • Amazon ASIN
  • publisher
  • date of reprinting
  • binding or medium (hardback, paperback, ebook)

Major and minor edition level can be represented by the same page or by different pages. Each major edition should have a page. This page can also include a minor edition if there is only one minor edition of that major edition. If there is more than one minor edition, they should have separate pages (a query will automatically display them all on the major edition's page).

In all of these cases, Form:Book is used to create and edit the pages. It will ask you to select whether each level is represented by the page you're editing or by another page. You can combine work level into the same page as a major edition if there is only one major edition published as a book, and no versions in article or manuscript form.

Published editions: articles and chapters

Article is used for an edition of a work that was published as:

  • a journal or magazine article
  • a chapter in an edited collection

Every version of an article or chapter should have its own page, even if the text has not changed. This includes legally self-archived versions as well as publishers' versions of record. Each of these is counted as a major edition.

You can combine work level into the same page as an article if it only has one version and that version was published as an article.

Printed copies

  • Printed copy is for an individual copy of a book edition. For early printed sources, it's especially important to keep track of individual copies because they can have inconsistencies in printing, handwritten marginalia, and their own provenance and ownership histories. Each copy is linked to the GLAM and collection that it is part of, as well as the major and minor editions.
  • Printed text section is a division of a printed text, linked to its parent copy. These divisions can be:
    • physical, such as a page or range of pages
    • logical, such as a chapter
    • arbitrary, such as a passage of a narrative that covers a certain event, even if the author didn't distinguish it in any way (this can be useful for linking accounts of battles, for example)

Copies and sections can have transcripts or summaries of the text added to them if copyright and licence conditions allow.

Theses and dissertations

  • Thesis is used for any thesis or dissertation. They are represented only at one level, not as works and editions. A thesis is not treated as part of the same work as 'the book of the thesis'.

The university associated with a thesis is not represented here as semantic data but can be found by following external links.

Entity type definitions and other property values

Form:Property value is used to create and edit pages that define:

  • types of entity, such as the various types of military unit or manuscript text
  • relationship types used for command relationships between organizations
  • personnel roles used to link people to organizations
  • other values that are not really entities, such as copyright and licence

Categories

Create category is the easiest way to create a new category as it has a dropdown list to help you select a parent category.

You can also create a category without a form by clicking a red link.

Templates

You can't create new templates. We currently use templates for forms and a few other things. These templates already exist and are maintained by admins. In most other cases we avoid templates to improve server performance. This also means that editors don't have to learn wiki template markup. We have some custom XML tags for marking up features in transcripts and formatting dates in free text.

Create a page without a form

Some kinds of pages don't have a form. These include:

  • freeform pages about more general historical topics that don't represent an individual entity or source
  • disambiguation pages
  • redirects
  • help pages

To create a page without a form, type the page name in the box below and click 'Create page':