[Web4lib] Authors name standardization. Your opinion?

Dobbs, Aaron AWDobbs at ship.edu
Mon Nov 13 11:26:28 EST 2006

As an aside, the NGC4LIB list is discussion this same issue.
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 for "What's in a name"

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And do not forget that there may be more than one fully
preferred/authorized version of an author's name, depending on what
language or geographic region they are writing for.  All of these need
to be linked.  And there are those who feel that a library catalog in
one geographic region should not be forced to use the author name form
which is preferred in another region, rather than in theirs.  Consider
An author writing under their Chinese name - in complex/traditional
characters vs simplified characters, versus writing under the romanized
form of their name (and the romanization system may have changed, e.g.
from Wade-Giles to Pinyin), versus writing under the English form of
their name (which may be different from the romanized version).

If this interests you, consider checking out the work of K.T. Lam and
Louisa Kwok at the links below.  They are colleagues of mine.

"XML and global name access control" from OCLC Systems and Services,
available at
"XML name access control metadata repository: an experiment at HKUST
library" at

and browse through the functional experimental "XML Name Access Control
Repository" at HKUST Library at http://library.ust.hk/info/nac/

Edward F Spodick, Information Technology Manager Hong Kong University of
Science & Technology Library lbspodic at ust.hk  tel:852-2358-6743
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