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Manuals and Tools

Below you will find the official RISM guides to help you document the musical sources in your country and report them to the Zentralredaktion.


Getting started with Kallisto

Kallisto is the software offered by RISM to working groups and contributors, available free of charge to anyone who is interested. It enables direct access to the RISM database hosted by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz. To access the database you need a login name and password, available from the RISM Zentralredaktion. Kallisto helps document sources according to RISM's international guidelines. 

Once you have Kallisto installed, you will want to read:

<media 710 - external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">Kallisto Manual</media> (pdf): This handbook outlines the RISM Guidelines as adapted to Kallisto. Questions on how to catalogue sources using Kallisto, as well as lists of abbreviations, terminology, and translations can be found here. See also: Additional instruments
**The manual was last updated in June 2014 and reflects the improved terminology in Kallisto as well as a clarification of the guidelines concerning dates and new instructions for the Multimedia template.

Plaine and Easie Code: The Plaine and Easie Code enables you to enter music incipits into Kallisto using your computer keyboard. This link takes you to the IAML website; the code is also available as a PDF file

Kallisto Tutorials: A series of tutorials to guide you through various aspects of using Kallisto. 


Kallisto training

Training on Kallisto can either take place on-site at your institution or, in the case of longer distances, via Skype.

Skype is free and easy to use. If you don't have Skype on your computer yet, go to Skype.com and download the program. Skype's basic version is free and it is completely suitable for training. You will need to get a microphone if your computer doesn't have a built-in one already. A webcam is handy but not required.


Advanced Kallisto users

Kallisto Literature Input: How to catalogue books, articles, and essays so you can cite them in your records.



The RISM library sigla are available on this website through an online searchable database.

RISM has been publishing catalogues with descriptions of musical sources since the 1960s. The repositories of these musical sources are identified with codes: the RISM library sigla. The purpose of the sigla is to identify each institution (corporations, libraries, publishing houses, etc.) by a unique, clear, and concise code.

The assignment and administration of the RISM library sigla is managed by the RISM Zentralredaktion in Frankfurt. Please contact the Zentralredaktion (contact@rism.info) if you find that no RISM library siglum has yet been assigned to an institution whose holdings you acquire or which you mention in an academic publication. Siglum duplication and the use of unofficial sigla are to be avoided. The database of RISM library sigla is updated monthly.



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