Wednesday, September 03, 2003


VIAF: The Virtual International Authority File is a joint project of OCLC with the Library of Congress and Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
Once the existing authority records are linked, shared OAI servers will be established to maintain the authority files and to provide user access to the files.
  • Users then will be able to see names displayed in the most appropriate language.
    • For example, German users will be able to see a name displayed in the form established by the Die Deutsche Bibliothek, while
    • American users will view the name as established by LC.
    • Users in either country will be able to view name records as established by the other nation, thus making the authorities truly international and facilitating research across languages anywhere in the world.
This is something Barbara Tillett has advocated for years. Good to see her efforts are paying off.

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