Prepare your Contribution
Before you submit your work to MoEML, you need to prepare it in such a way that we know how to proceed with our encoding. Two general areas require careful attention: entities and dates.
You need to provide comprehensive information for each of the following types of entities mentioned in your article. The cross-linking of people, places, organizations, and sources gives MoEML its richly networked quality.
- early modern people
- London placenames (any street, site, church, ward, tavern, market, hall, neighbourhood, topographical feature, etc.)
- bibliographical references
You also need to pay careful attention to dates in the sources you use for your research, and convey to us information about the calendar implied in each date you mention.
Each person, organization, place, and bibliographical entry is assigned a unique id that is used as the target in our XML markup tags. Click here for MoEML’s complete list of ids.
Search MoEML’s list of ids to see if an id already exists for the person. If the person is already in our database, indicate the person’s unique id in double square brackets, in a comment bubble, or in a footnote. E.g., You would indicate the id for William Shakespeare as follows: [[SHAK1]].
If literary or historical persons do not already have an id, it means they are not in our MoEML personography database. Thus, they will first need to be added to our database and assigned ids. MoEML asks that external contributors submit a list of such names along with relevant biographical information (full name, date of birth, date of death, occupation/role, link to the ODNB, Wikipedia entry, History of Parliament, or other reliable source, if an entry exists). You can see examples of the sort of information we require in our Historical Personography. To assist with this process, MoEML will provide all external contributors with a standardized spreadsheet containing data fields that correspond with how persons are entered into the MoEML document structure. For instructions on how to access, use, and submit this spreadsheet, consult MoEML’s Guide to Using the Personography Spreadsheet.
Search MoEML’s list of ids to see if an id already exists for the location. Bear in mind that we mark up toponyms only if they are in London, not elsewhere.1 Doublecheck to ensure that you have the right location by clicking on the hyperlinked id in the list to read the encyclopedia page; from the encyclopedia page, follow the Agas map and Google map links for the location. There are several Love Lanes, Water Lanes, and Bell Inns, for example. If an id exists for the location, indicate the location’s id in double square brackets, in a comment bubble, or in a footnote. E.g., You would indicate the id for Thames Street as follows: [[THAM2]].
If you do not find the location in our list, check the Gazetteer. The Gazetteer lists every variant spelling and every variant toponym that we have tagged across our site. It’s also possible that we have not yet added the location to our database. If you cannot find the place in our list of ids or in our Gazetteer, you need to alert us to this fact so we can add it to our list of places. You will get a credit as Conceptor for the new page.
For every work and source you cite, consult, paraphrase, or allude to, you need to provide full bibliographical information. First, check to see if our Bibliography already includes the item. If the item is already in the site bibliography, indicate the id of the source in double square brackets, in a comment bubble, or in a footnote. E.g., You would indicate the id for John Stow’s Survey of London as found in Charles Kingsford’s print edition of the 1603 text as follows: [[STOW1]]. If, however, you wish to cite from Kingsford’s own critical commentary within this edition, you would indicate the id as follows: [[KING3]].
If the source is not already in our Bibliography, provide full bibliographical information. If the source is digital, give a link as well as bibliographical information. Consult The MoEML Guide to Editorial Style for our house style.
You can provide all of the above information in double square brackets, in comment bubbles, or in footnotes that we will then harvest for our encoding.
Search MoEML’s list of ids to see if an id already exists for the organization. If the organization is already in our database, indicate its id in double square brackets, in a comment bubble, or in a footnote. E.g., You would indicate the id for The Worshipful Company of Vintners as follows: [[VINT3]].
If an organization does not already have an id, it means they are not in our MoEML orgography database, and will need to be added and assigned an id. MoEML asks that external contributors submit a brief biography of the organization so that we can add it to our orgography. You can see examples of the sort of information we require in our list of Livery Companies.
Early Modern Dates
You must tell us if the dates in your contribution are Julian or Gregorian. If you take a date from a primary source, the date is most likely to be Julian. If you take a date from an edition of a primary source, it might be Julian (if the transcription is
diplomatic) or it might a Julian date with the beginning of the year corrected to Jan. 1st (often called
NS). If you are citing from a secondary historical source, the historian should tell you if the dates are
Old Style(with the new year beginning on Mar. 25) or
New Style(with the new year beginning on Jan. 1). No historian uses the
proleptic Gregorian calendar.In other words, no historian corrects for the ten-day difference between English dates and continental dates. To complicate matters, literary critics often take historians’ dates at face value without bothering to indicate whether the date is OS or NS. To read more about the difficulties of working with dates in historical documents, read the introduction to our in-house instructions on encoding dates.
- We do include in our project locations that are in London but not on the Agas Map (such as Tyburn) or were close enough to be in a Londoner’s general sense of London (Greenwich, the Isle of Dogs). (JJ)
Last modification: 2016-06-06 15:39:18 -0700 (Mon, 06 Jun 2016) (mholmes)