VIAF: The Virtual International Authority File
I am reading Deanna Marcum’s response to On the Record: Report of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. There are several places where she mentions VIAF, which is
a joint project of the Library of Congress (LC), the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), and OCLC. The project’s goal is to match and link the library authority files.
so I decided to go check it out. Try playing with the heading Wilms, Johann Wilhelm which includes links to authority records from all the participants. I like the way you can see from the combined authority record the form used by each library, and click to get a full view of the individual records.