#1 Prosopography module

Lou Burnard

At present, the elements you need to record information
about real people in a P5 document are scattered across
several modules.

The Corpora module defines <partic> and <particDesc>
for participants in a transcribed text. These allow for
any number of so-called "demographic" subelements,
such as <birth>, <occupation>, <residence> etc.

The Names and Dates module defines <persName> and
various subcomponents for names of people, but
resolutely eschews any attempt to describe reality: it's
onomastic, rather than prosopographic, by design.

The new Manuscript Description module defines a
<listPerson> elementand a <person> element to fill it.
This contains some of the same elements as <partic>
but also adds some. For example, <birth> is in the
corpora module, but <death> is in the MS one. (Not
really surprising, since the people manuscript describers
are interested in are usually dead, whereas the people
corpus encoders are concerned with usually aren't)

We could resolve this confusion by creating a new
standalone module, or by groiuping all related elements
in one place. More precisely:

(a) we could define an entirely new module concerned
with prosopographic information, defining <listPerson>
and <person> and their children, and remove <partic>
and <particDesc> from the corpora module

(b) we could do essentially the same but add the new
elements to the core module

(c) we could do essentially the same, but add the new
elements to the names and dates module

The reactions to this proposal on TEI-L (9-10 may 04)
so far suggest that option (c) is preferred.


  • Nobody/Anonymous

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    agent module which might include acting organisations as
    well as people.

  • Syd Bauman

    Syd Bauman - 2004-09-18

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    I like the idea, and like others on TEI-L don't like (b). I
    lean slightly towards (a) a new separate module, over (c)
    adding to Names & Dates. However, the division of various
    detail elements (those for names and "corporate bodies,
    dates, events, places, objects, roles, techniques" etc.)
    into modules needs to be attacked as a project of its own.
    It may be a good idea, e.g., to separate names and dates
    into different modules.

    My first instinct is that Bruce Robertson's HEML is a good
    place for the TEI to look at as a resource when building
    this new prosopography module, but that the Guidelines
    should not just recommend "use heml:Person" and go on.

  • Lou Burnard

    Lou Burnard - 2004-09-22
    • priority: 5 --> 6
    • assigned_to: nobody --> louburnard
    • status: open --> closed

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