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IRCyr Metadata

Page history last edited by Gabriel Bodard 5 years, 4 months ago

IRCyr Metadata tagging (for epigraphic description)


Text Category:


One or more words (usually in the document title) are tagged with a term describing the category of text (e.g. "funerary", "dedication", "letter", "Jewish", "Christian"). The tag used is:


<rs type="textType">decree</rs>


Monument type:


Usually a single descriptor inside the "supportDesc" section of the header, is tagged to indicate the type of monument/object on which the inscription is engraved/scratched (e.g. "statue base", "stele", "panel"; NB we do not tag the word "block" if it is all we know about a monument). The tag used is:






Usually a single word or term in the supportDesc section, such as "marble", "limestone", "bronze", is tagged as:


<material>white marble</material>


Description of Text:


If the layoutDesc/layout section of the header is empty:

  1. see if description of text location can be extracted from "support" above;
  2. otherwise: check the text itself for general shape and structure, and add a simple phrase such as "Inscribed on one face." or "Inscribed on the surviving face." as applicable.




(1) of object: the dimensions of the object are usually given in parentheses immediately after the description of the monument/object, in the order (width x height x depth). These should be tagged:







NB, no text should appear immediately inside the <dimensions> tag, and no text except the numbers themselves should appear inside the width, height, depth tags. If the number is a range, put the whole range inside the tag, but then add @atLeast="" and @atMost="" attributes in the parent tag. If a number is marked as "c." or "circa", then remove this word and include a @precision="low" attribute on the parent tag. 


If any  dimensions other than width, height, depth occur (e.g. diameter, circumference, arc), use the dim element to tag it, e.g.:

<dim type="diameter">0.12</dim>


(2) of text field: the dimensions of text field are occasionally given in the "layoutDesc" section of the header; there will usually only be two dimensions here:






Other notes as for object dimensions above.


(3) letter heights: usually given in the handDesc section; this only needs to be tagged as:






The date of the inscription is given in the history/origin section of the header. The text in the date field needs to be normalized in one of the following ways:


  1. First century A.D.
  2. Second to fourth centuries A.D.
  3. A.D. 275/6


NB: spell out centuries in full, using plural "centuries" for a range. Always use stops for "A.D." and "B.C."; but otherwise do not end the field with a period. See below for removing parenthetical reference to criteria.


The <origDate> element then needs to be populated with attributes to record this date numerically, for example:


<origDate notBefore="0001" notAfter="0100" precision="low"
                evidence="lettering">First century A.D.</origDate>


  • All years must be given in 4 digits. B.C. dates are given negative numbers.
  • note that centuries begin in year 1 and end in year 100.
  • half centuries should be dated 1-50; 51-100
  • "early", "middle" and "late" centuries should be dated 1-33, 34-67 and 68-100 respectively.
  • if a date is to a century or chunk of a century, then add @precision="low" to indicate arbitrary values
  • if a date is marked "circa," then add @precision="medium"
  • if a date is described as "possibly" or "probably", or written with a question mark (?), please add @cert="low"
  • If there is no date information, or a date cannot be assigned to this text, please put in an empty origDate tag: <origDate/>. 
  • (see CommentaryDate for more information on dates)


NB: the evidence="" attribute should be populated from the criteria given in parentheses at the end of the date string, and then this parenthetical criterion should be deleted. If no criterion is given, and the date is a century, it's probably safe to assume the evidence is "lettering". Each criterion must contain no spaces (replace with hyphens, e.g. evidence="internal-date"); multiple criteria in a single attribute should be space-delimited (e.g. evidence="nomenclature titulature internal-date").


Date of finding/history of discovery:


If there is a year of finding specified in the <event type="found"> section, tag this date as:

     <date type="found">1928</date>

(If there is no date, check to see if there is a "History of Discovery" division in the body of the file below, and if so you may copy the date from there up into the Found section in the header. The History of Discovery division may now be deleted; ditto if this division is already empty.)

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