I noticed that there are two different sections labeled “Relating Recordings to Works”. There’s one at the page How To Use Works
and there’s one at How to Use the Relationship Editor
How to Use Works>Relating Recordings to Works
- Works should generally be linked to recordings with the “recording of” relationship: see the documentation for that relationship to find more info on when each of the attributes should be used. When linking a cover recording, it’s especially useful to also link the work to the original recording, if it isn’t already linked (for example because you’ve just created it, see how to create works below).
Relating recordings to works is very simple: you can either relate all recordings on a release to works using the relationship editor, or do it from the recording page with the Relate to… option.
Remember you can copy the work URL (or any other entity URL, but we’re talking works) and paste it into a search field to avoid going through the search - this can be especially useful if you’ve just created the work since you’ll have the URL in front of you.
- If the “Related Works” column on right side of the page is eerily empty, you’ll probably want to match each recording to a work (or works, if you’re dealing with a medley). After that, adding composer, lyricist, and other common work relationships will be identical to the process we used above for recordings.
The way to do this for a single recording is by clicking on the “Add related work” button next to a recording. See the above section titled #Adding a Relationship for help on how to use this dialog.
It’s common that newer or obscure releases may not have any works in the database yet, causing a search for them to turn up no results. For this, a convenient “Create a new work” link is available undeneath the work search box.
With “underneath” misspelled.
In No. 1 Relating Recordings to Works, I’m confronted by the word “recordings”, which I didn’t expect, because I thought I knew the terms for album (release) and song (work). Now what’s a recording.
“Works should generally be linked to recordings with the “recording of” relationship: see the documentation for that relationship”
I’m afraid this sentence just isn’t clear at all. One thing that bugs me is that I’m in the documentation, and yet I’m already being referred to another part of the documentation, which is generally well-organized but not great. So that’s confusing. A newbie isn’t going to understand “Works should generally be linked to recordings” if it isn’t clear what a recording is. Nor is link, in what sense. Generally everyone knows what a link is on the internet. A hyperlink, because this is hypertext. A link is colored text that you click on to take you to another page. But is there some confusion here, too? Linking links? I don’t know.