User guide

In the following pages you can find help and guidelines for using the website, either as a reader or as a contributor. Please note the navigation menu.

See also a document outside the website: Configuration spreadsheet.


Here are some preliminary terms we ask you to understand so we can use a common language.

  • Domain - The real-world data (works, manuscripts, people, etc.).
  • Database - Our trial to partially formalize and represent the domain.
  • Object - A discreet work, person, institution, etc, in the real world; the real object.
  • Entity type - A type that represents objects.
  • Entity - A representation in the database for an object. Created out of an entity type.
  • Entity page - A full page with the data of the entity and from related entities. Has its own canonical URL.
  • Entity editing form - the page where we enter new data to an entity or edit existing data.
  • Revision - A snapshot of an entity in a given time upon its data at that time. A new revision is created every time an entity is saved.
  • Field - A piece of data in an entity that depends on the containing entity.
  • Reference - A structural linkage of one entity to another one forming a relationship between the entities.
  • Back reference - The presentation of a referencing entity in the context of the referenced entity.
  • Label - A tag or a category to mark an entity with. Examples: Campū in Genres Abhinava in Social identifiers.
  • Label taxonomy - A group that represents a set of labels. Examples: Genres, Social identifiers. (See "Label taxonomies" below).

For the more tech-savvy contributor, see also the Glossary tab in our configuration spreadsheet.