OCLC Identities Hub
OCLC are planning to prototype a “Co-operative Identities Hub” which aims to bring information from a wide range of name sources together and make them available more widely. The Hub will build on the work already undertaken by OCLC in the WorldCat Identities service, which takes the names of people and organisations from the Library of Congress/NACO authority file and those found in WorldCat and displays contextual information such as titles of works, associated subjects, publication timelines and book covers. The service also holds links to library authority files and to Wikipedia.
An advisory group has been established and the first conference call for this group took place last Friday. There’ll be a meeting later in the year to flesh out the details of the way that the prototype might move forward, but the approach sounds very promising and there was certainly a lot of interest from the advisory group, many of whom are facing names issues within their institutions.
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