Names Project Blog

Data Analysis report and mappings

Posted in reports by Amanda Hill on 8 April, 2008

One of the main deliverables for the first phase of the Names project was a report on the data requirements for the prototype that is now under development. This involved creating mappings from a variety of name authority standards to a data structure based on the entities defined by the Functional Requirements for Authority Data. The work was undertaken by Alan Danskin at the British Library and the report and the FRAD mappings are now available from the Names project’s documents page. The standards that were mapped were:

  • International Standard for Archival Authority Records: Corporate and Family Names (ISAAR-CPF)
  • MARC 21 Format for Authority Data
  • Scholarly Works Application Profile (SWAP)
  • UK PubMed Central’s grantee database (National Library of Medicine DTD)
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OR08 update

Posted in conferences by Amanda Hill on 3 April, 2008

OR08 Opening Session

The main conference tracks ended yesterday. It’s been an interesting conference for the Names project team. The issue of identifiers came up frequently, which was useful as this is something that we’re trying to decide upon right now. It’s also been useful to talk to repository managers and get to know how they see the name authority problem. Most of them expressed delight that we are working in this area, so expectations are high.

Last night I got to talk to Aarjen Hogeenaar and Wilko Steinhoff who work at KNAW (the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), which was really useful as they’ve implemented Digital Author Identifiers for researchers in the Netherlands and have faced similar challenges to those we’re tackling. The NARCIS portal brings together information from Dutch universities and research institutes on individual researchers and on their research and publications.


Posted in conferences by Amanda Hill on 1 April, 2008

Names project team members Dan Needham and Amanda Hill are attending the OR08 (Open Repositories) conference  in  Southampton today and tomorrow. So if you’re there and are interested in the issue of name authorities for repositories, grab us for a chat.

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