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Authority Control in Organizing and Accessing Information
Definition and International Experience

ISBN 9780789027160
Published January 1, 2005 by Routledge
672 Pages

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Book Description

International authority control will soon be a reality. Examine the projects that are moving the information science professions in that direction today!

In Authority Control in Organizing and Accessing Information: Definition and International Experience, international experts examine the state of the art and explore new theoretical perspectives. This essential resource, which has its origins in the International Conference on Authority Control (Italy, 2003), addresses standards, exchange formats, and metadata—with sections on authority control for names, works, and subjects. Twenty fascinating case examples show how authority control is practiced at institutions in various nations around the world.

Authority Control in Organizing and Accessing Information provides an essential definition of authority control and then begins its sharply focused examinations of essential aspects of authority control with a section entitled “State of the Art and New Theoretical Perspectives.” Here you’ll find chapters focusing on:

  • the current state of the art—with suggestions for future developments
  • the importance (and current lack) of teaching authority control as part of a library/information science curriculum
  • the guidelines and methodology used in the creation of Italy’s SBN Authority File
Next, “Standards, Exchange Formats, and Metadata” covers:
  • Italy’s Bibliografia Nazionale Italiana UNIMARC database, which was created using authority control principles
  • the past and present activities of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and an examination of IFLA’s Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR)
  • metadata standards as a means for accomplishing authority control in digital libraries
  • traditional international library standards for bibliographic and authority control
  • the evolution and current status of authority control tools for art and material culture information
  • the UNIMARC authorities format—what it is and how to work with it
“Authority Control for Names and Works” brings you useful, current information on:
  • changes and new features in the new edition of the International Standard Archival Authority Record (Corporate Bodies, Persons, Families)
  • Encoded Archival Context (EAC)—and its role in enhancing access to and understanding of records, and how it enables repositories to share creator description
  • the LEAF model for collection, harvesting, linking, and providing access to existing local/national name authority data
  • national bibliographic control in China, Japan, and Korea, plus suggestions for future cooperation between bibliographic agencies in East Asia
  • authority control of printers, publishers, and booksellers
  • how to create up-to-date corporate name authority records
  • authority control (and the lack of it) for works
“Authority Control for Subjects” updates you on:
  • subject gateways—with a look at the differences between the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s SACO program and browsable online subject gateways
  • MACS—a virtual authority file that crosses language barriers to provide multilingual access
  • OCLC’s FAST project, which strives to retain the rich vocabulary of LCSH while making the schema easier to understand, control, apply, and use
  • the efforts of Italy’s National Central Library toward semantic authority control
  • the interrelationship of subject indexing languages and authority control—with a look at the “semantics vs. syntax” issue
  • how subject indexing is done in Italy’s Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale
“Authority Control Experiences and Proje

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Welcome to Participants (Igino Poggiali)
  • Introduction to the Conference (Mauro Guerrini)
  • Authority Control in the Context of Bibliographic Control in the Electronic Environment (Michael Gorman)
  • Authority Control: State of the Art and New Perspectives (Barbara B. Tillett)
  • Teaching Authority Control (Arlene G. Taylor)
  • Guidelines and Methodology for the Creation of the SBN Authority File (Cristina Magliano)
  • The Bibliografia Nazionale Italiana and Control of Access Points (Gloria Cerbai Ammannati)
  • IFLA and Authority Control (Marie-France Plassard)
  • FRANAR: A Conceptual Model for Authority Data (Glenn E. Patton)
  • Authority Control in the World of Metadata (José Borbinha)
  • Bibliographic Control and Authority Control from Paris Principles to the Present (Pino Buizza)
  • The Other Half of Cataloguing: New Models and Perspectives for the Control of Authors and Works (Alberto Petrucciani)
  • Fear of Authority? Authority Control and Thesaurus Building for Art and Material Culture Information (Murtha Baca)
  • UNIMARC Format for Authority Records: Its Scope and Issues for Authority Control (Mirna Willer)
  • Authority Control of Creators and the Second Edition of ISAAR(CPF), International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (Stefano Vitali)
  • Creator Description: Encoded Archival Context (Daniel V. Pitti)
  • LEAF: Linking and Exploring Authority Files (Jutta Weber)
  • NACO: A Cooperative Model for Building and Maintaining a Shared Name Authority Database (John D. Byrum, Jr.)
  • Names of the Far East: Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Authority Control (Eisuke Naito)
  • Authority Control of Printers, Publishers, and Booksellers (Lorenzo Baldacchini)
  • Creating Up-To-Date Corporate Name Authority Records by Using Official Corporate Home Web Pages (Qiang Jin)
  • Authority Control of Works: Cataloging’s Chimera? (Richard P. Smiraglia)
  • SACO and Subject Gateways (Ana L. Cristán)
  • MACS (Multilingual Access to Subjects): A Virtual Authority File Across Languages (Genevieve Clavel-Merrin)
  • FAST: Development of Simplified Headings for Metadata (Rebecca J. Dean)
  • Semantic Authority Control and New Soggettario (Anna Lucarelli)
  • Authority Control and Subject Indexing Languages (Stefano Tartaglia)
  • Subject Indexing in the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (Maria Lucia Di Geso)
  • The Activities for Authority Control in EDIT16: Authors, Publishers/Printers, Devices, and Places (Claudia Leoncini and Rosaria Maria Servello)
  • Authority Control in the Field of Music: Names and Titles (Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi and Federica Riva)
  • The CERL Thesaurus File (Claudia Fabian)
  • The German Name Authority File (PND) in the Bavarian Union Catalogue: Principles, Experiences, and Costs (Gabriele Messmer)
  • Project InterParty: From Library Authority Files to E-Commerce (Andrew MacEwan)
  • Commercial Services for Providing Authority Control: Outsourcing the Process (Sherry L. Vellucci)
  • Multiple Names (Lucia Sardo)
  • Chinese Name Authority Control in Asia: An Overview (Lily Hu, Owen Tam, and Patrick Lo)
  • Progetto Lombardo Archivi in INternet—PLAIN (Lombardy Project for Archives on the Internet): Identification, Retrieval, and Display of Creators of Archives and of Archival Fonds (Maurizio Savoja and Paul Gabriele Weston)
  • Modeling Authority Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: A Project in Progress at AFNOR (Franç

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