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Name Authorities . Metadata Working Group, November 15, 2013 Chew Chiat Naun. Context . A few things to remember about the library authority file: Ostensibly comprehensive (though obviously not really) Cataloguers function as third party Access by filing order. Headings vs identifiers.

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Name authorities
Name Authorities

Metadata Working Group, November 15, 2013

Chew Chiat Naun


Context
Context

A few things to remember about the library authority file:

  • Ostensibly comprehensive (though obviously not really)

  • Cataloguers function as third party

  • Access by filing order


Headings vs identifiers
Headings vs identifiers

PCC Undifferentiated Names report

  • Use of identifiers

  • Potential to simplify rules

  • Implications for good practice


Qualifiers vs attributes
Qualifiers vs attributes

  • RDA separates attributes from headings

  • Attributes seen as information in their own right


References vs relationships
References vs relationships

  • Authority files started life as cross-reference structures with two basic kinds of relationships: see and see-also.

  • RDA drastically expands the range of relationships.

  • Not just the names, but also the relationships need to be controlled.


References vs relationships1
References vs relationships

MARC under strain, e.g. with multiple related identities

100 1# $w r $i Alternate identity: $a Orwell, George, $d 1903-1950

400 1# $w r $i Real identity: $a Blair, Eric Arthur, $d 1903-1950


Silos vs mashups
Silos vsmashups

  • Even expansion of relationships under RDA is not enough.

  • Do you still try to fit everything in a single scheme, or mix and match?



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