Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Cantus Manuscript Database
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Cantus Database and Cantus Index
What is the difference between the Cantus Database and the Cantus Index?
- The Cantus Database (CantusDB) contains inventories (tables of contents) of medieval manuscripts and early printed books. Every record is a chant in a source, and every chant in CantusDB references the Cantus Index (CI) via its Cantus ID number.
- Cantus Index (CI) is a searchable catalogue of chants and their Cantus ID numbers.
- CI is used for:
- assigning new Cantus ID numbers to newly-discovered chant texts
- gathering concordances from chant databases such as CantusDB and the other networked sites
- generating automatic synoptic tables from the chant databases
- No manuscript or source references are included directly in CI at present.
- CI replaced the former "Master chant table" in the older version of the Cantus Database.
How can I edit the incipit?
- You will find no editable "Incipit" field in CANTUS. Incipit is generated automatically from the "Standardised full text" field. Edit Fulltext field instead and the incipit will be updated automatically.
- NOTE: The incipit in the proofreading form is not updated immediately after editing the Fulltext field.