For our purposes, a transcript is an ordinary wiki page (or collection of pages) that is specialized to host a hyper-linked copy of source material. It further serves to provide a copy of the work that is able to be searched within the WeRelate environment. Some early examples created using existing page types:
Moreover, a transcript page will represent a reasonably complete representation of a work or section of a work. Short quotations - even if hyperlinked extensively - are more appropriate for use on the person or family page to which they are most related. Complete items - even if short - that refer to more than one person are well suited to a transcript page or page set.
A transcript will always relate to a single source or mysource page. Even if a full transcription of the work would require many discrete wiki pages, the transcript as a whole is associated with the appropriate corresponsing source/mysource. For this reason, the most obvious naming convention for transcripts is to use the same name as that of the associated source/mysource item.
Simple transcriptions, that are well represented on a single wiki page, can simply appear on the appropriate transcript page without any further organizational steps. Transcriptions of a single item within a collection, or perhaps a single section within a relatively much larger work, require further organization.
Consider a massive work such as Savage. Not only is the content well beyond what can be presented on a single page, a full transcript (appropriately linked) would probably be a work of thousands of man years. In practice, individual researchers are normally interested in a handful of particularly named entries. The initial organizers of a transcription effort will be faced with the task of determining a reasonable page set - underneath the primary or root page of the transcript. An organization such as that used by Savage on USGENNET might be appropriate. So this would suggest pages such as:
* Savage, James. Dictionary/Volume 1 * Savage, James. Dictionary/Volume 1/Abbee-Acy * Savage, James. Dictionary/Volume 1/Alderman-Allen ...
* Savage, James. Dictionary/Volume 2 * Savage, James. Dictionary/Volume 3 * Savage, James. Dictionary/Volume 4
After determining an organization however, individual contributors would only need to provide the intermediate page(s) and the transcript page of interest (perhaps only a partial page), but within the framework of an organization that can accept growth as other content is added.
Use of Transcript Pages for Citations
Several options are presently under discussion: