Creating a Codex Model

Creating a codex model is an incredibly important task because it is the first step in creating a navigable manuscript. What you are doing is creating a set of relationships between the images and the folios themselves, and indicating the sequential order in which they appear. Without this work, the manuscripts would not be browsable in a sequential order. There are two kinds of URNs you will be using:

  1. object URN refering to the image (as a concrete object, i.e. here is this image, it happens to be of folio 12r)
  2. object URN refering to the folio (as a concept, i.e. let’s talk about folio 12r and get to know him)

Think of it like a picture of yourself. There can be hundreds of pictures of you and we could use the image URNs to talk about you (#1), but there is only one you and therefore only one URN to talk about you (#2).

Your codex model is contained within a simple comma-separated-values (csv) file. This file has five columns:

  1. Folio: This is the URN for the folio as a concept
  2. Sequence: numerically, what page is this?
  3. RV: Indicate whether the page is a recto or verso
  4. Label: This is the full attribution for the manuscript and where it comes from, what will change is the folio and side
  5. Default Image: This is the URN for the image as a concrete object

Folio URN Format urn:cite:hmt:X.Y

  • X is the siglum for the manuscript (such as msA for the Venetus A)
  • Y is the folio side (such as 12r)

Default Image URN urn:cite:hmt:X_Y

  • X is the siglum for the manuscript (such as msA for the Venetus A)
  • Y is the unique identifier for each image, these will vary depending on the manuscript, but you will be given the data where you can check them.

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