Title Cantus Network — a semantically enriched digital edition of libri ordinarii of the Salzburg metropolitan province

Encoded by   Vanessa Hannesschläger

Encoded by   Daniel Schopper


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This contribution will present a digital and semantically enriched edition of liturgical ordinals, called libri ordinarii (LOi), of the metropolitan province of Salzburg. Digital scholarly editions are still a rarely used method in musicology and especially liturgics. Yet, the digital availability of the many surviving liturgical musical sources, which form an essential part of Austria’s cultural heritage, is of great importance.

The research project’s aim is to reconstruct and produce a synoptic study of the emergence and development of the liturgy in the Salzburg metropolitan province, based on the LOi in the region. A primary task was the transformation of the transcribed LOi from docx into TEI. The styles available in Microsoft Word and special characters were used in order to create markup in Word and were thus converted into TEI using the XSL stylesheets provided by the TEI community. The final version of the TEI was accomplished with a customized workflow in the OAIS-compliant Asset Management System GAMS (developed by the Center for Information Modelling at the University of Graz) involving a Java based routine.

The TEI is used as the primary database and thus semantic representations in RDF as well as printed versions of the LOi as critical editions were produced directly from the TEI representation. In order to output a traditional printed critical edition, LaTeX and its package reledmac were used to transform the transcriptions into books. The variants had to be collected in a TEI document using the elements of the Critical Apparatus.

Additional emphasis within the project lies on the use of Semantic Web technologies (OWL, RDF), which will help to reveal interconnections between individual entities and differences between the various liturgical traditions.


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