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Today, colleagues from the Bodleian Digital Library and Collection & Resource Description teams came together to tackle issues surrounding name identifiers for digital collections and how our two teams can work together in future to improve the quality of our metadata.
Apart from name authorities (LC/NACO) used in cataloguing, person names are not yet normalized nor disambiguated within digital library systems. Within Bodleian digital services, individuals need to be identified unambiguously for the purposes of accreditation (e.g. to identify Oxford authors of publications), reporting and integration with other internal and external systems and services. For the Bodleian Libraries it is crucial to resolve the problem within our systems in order to offer services fit for purpose for the wider University. Unique identification of Oxford individuals is strategically important for the Bodleian to enable the Libraries to fulfil their potential role within Oxford’s research information management.
This event will bring together staff working in cataloguing and in digital services to share expertise and experiences of identification of individuals. It will be an opportunity to explain difficulties and problems, to learn how the landscape is changing, and how common areas can be exploited. The event will take the format of short scene setting descriptions of current initiatives, followed by an open discussion where all participants are welcome to contribute.