Archive for the ‘identities’ category

Authorities Futures – Thom Hickey presentation

December 5, 2008

Thom Hickey gave a presentation entitled Authorities Futures at the Libraries Australia Forum 2008.  He blogs about his experience here.  One of the attendees, Paul Hagon, gives his impressions here.  The powerpoint for the talk is available here.  When I was looking at the slides, the one that caught my eye illustrated a function called Worldcat Identities Merge.  I contacted Thom to find out availability and who will be authorized to merge, and received the following response:

The merge function isn’t available yet.  What we will probably do is bring it up on the parallel Identities site we run out of research.  No schedule yet, but probably early 2009.  We are also working on a ‘split’ function, but that has more challenges for the user interface.
 
To merge you will have to be logged in (we will be using the WebJunction login, which is shared with WorldCat.org).  Anyone can obtain an account, but this will help us track changes.

I definitely plan on using this function when it is available!

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A Cooperative “Identities Hub”

August 27, 2008

Amanda Hill announced on the Names Project Blog that OCLC is going to prototype a cooperative Identities Hub. Among the reasons for this project:

The current LC/NACO contributor model has severe limitations, both in who is enabled to add and edit authority records and the rules that constrain what information can be entered (even if the cataloger knows more information).The intellectual work that librarians who are not NACO contributors do in the course of creating bibliographic records is untapped.

There has been discussion of the need for such a project here among other places.  I am glad to see the prototype moving forward.