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The Q-catalogue provides a global registry of cuneiform compositions, complementing CDLI's P-catalogue of inscribed objects. It is not yet complete but is being constructed incrementally according to the needs of Oracc projects. If your project needs Q-numbers that are not yet in this catalogue, or you notice errors that need correcting, please email us at.
This page documents the various fields in the Q-catalogue, in order to help users to search it, and to provide Qcat editors with rules and guidelines for content creation. If you are new to Oracc you may also find it helpful to read the general documentation page on searching the Oracc corpora.
Entries in the Qcat are made with the Unicode UTF-8 character set, with the following transcription conventions:
ʾ(aleph) but Sumerian
Catalogue of e₂-e še am-ša₄)
but users can search for aleph, š, and Š, ṣ and Ṣ, and ṭ and Ṭ, by typing ' (apostrophe), sz and SZ (not Sz); s, (s comma) and S, (S-comma), and t, (t comma) and T, (t comma) respectively in the search box (see searching the Oracc corpora for more information).
Q002715is the Q-number for Mul-Apin 1.
The prose equivalent of the
what is displayed when you look up the q-number. Each designation
[Period] [Place] [Series] [Series
Section] or, for royal inscriptions,
Section]. Each word has an initial capital, and numbering
(always Arabic, never Roman) uses initial zeroes where necessary.
Periods must be selected from the abbreviations in this control list. For instance,
OB Nippur Ura 03 (= Q000001) or
Šulgi 94 (= Q001725). Designations such as
Šurpu Varia (= Q003047) are used for
pieces that can be assigned to a composition but not situated
exactly within it.
When new entries are added to the Qcat, the
designation is generated
[Period] [Place] [Series] [Series
Section] but can then be edited as necessary.
Ur IIIfor the royal inscription
Šulgi 94). Should be the unabbreviated equivalent of the "period" part of the
designationfield, if used there. Entries must be selected from this control list.
Lagašfor royal inscriptions from Lagaš). Must be identical to the "place" part of the
designationfield, if used there. Entries must be selected from this control list, which may be added to. Where a place occurs in the CDLI main catalogue of P-numbers, that name is used; otherwise ancient names are preferred over modern ones.
Ura) or the ruler who commissioned the royal inscription (e.g.,
Šumma Pan Takalti, a subseries of
Šumma Pan Takalti 07).
Omen. Entries must be selected from this control list.
genrefield (e.g., an
period. For instance, Early Dynastic Plants (Q000020) is attested in the Early Dynastic, Ur III, and Old Babylonian periods. The contents of this field are generated computationally from the P-catalogue and are not editable by hand.
[URL TEXT], where
TEXTgives the text which is displayed to the user when the link is rendered, e.g.,
[http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=c.0.1.1&display=Crit&charenc=gcirc ETCSL 0.1.1]
etcsl:2.1.1). The source is given first, followed by a colon and then the siglum. Spaces are not permitted, so editors must use underscores if needed. Multiple entries are separated by a semi-colon and a space (e.g.,
Reeds; Vessels; Leather; Metalsfor
OB Nippur Ura 02or
These fields are primarily for the Qcat editors' use and will not be very interesting to Oracc users.
active(the default) or
deleted. Deleted Q-numbers are no longer in use. If the Q-number has been replaced or superceded by another, the
new_qfield must also be completed.