Thursday, June 16, 2005

Authority File

OCLC has an interesting experiment, accessing the LC authority file from within a database.
We developed this service so that remotely located systems-institutional repository software, for example (DSpace, ePrints UK, CONTENTdm, eprints.org, Fedora)-can offer authority control without having to build full authority control modules. Without this service DSpace does not know, for example, that Mark Twain and Samuel Clemens are the same man; nor does it distinguish well between two authors with the same name. With the OCLC Research name authority service, people entering metadata for preprints can make sure the author names are consistent and well-formed.
This would be nice inside a cataloging tool also. Not only searching the local file but also a remote file could make things a bit easier. Seen on Outgoing.


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