Lorcan Dempsey’s post on name authorities
Yesterday Lorcan Dempsey had an excellent post on name authorities.
Libraries have invested significantly in name authority work over the years, and have created extensive infrastructure to help manage names of people and organizations. The relationship between this work and broader interest in this topic is something that will need to be addressed in coming years if this work is to continue to have utility.
He goes on to highlight the VIAF, explain areas where consistent names are needed, and point out other projects in this area. One question he raises is
should I, for example, be able to augment the authorities data held about me?
This is a question that has occurred to me also. Who better than the author to know what works are theirs, and which belong to somebody else with a similar name. But without some kind of a gatekeeper, our carefully constructed authority data could be opened up to something like the Wikipedia wars.
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