[Web4lib] Authors name standardization. Your opinion?

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Mon Nov 13 15:08:19 EST 2006

Thanks, Julie. I hadn't seen that. It's an ISO TC 46 committee, and they 
actually have a first draft. There are a lot of things they'll need to 
develop beyond that draft, so I think the next draft will be 
interesting. Basically, the elements that accompany the identifier are:

who: name and birth date
what: kind of work (architectural, musical, etc.)
how: type of role (author, costume designer, etc.)

For multiple roles, I can't tell what they intend (same identifier, 
multiple roles, or an identifier per role). The draft says: "The same 
ISPI shall not be allocated to more than one Party, also in cases where 
that Party has several roles (like composer and producer)." It sounds 
like each role gets a "persona" and an ID, but I can't tell.

This draft only covers current "parties" and doesn't address legacy data.

BTW, the US (as ANSI/NISO) voted not to accept this document as a 
working draft, but does have members on the committee. This means that 
everything could change.


Julie Nye wrote:
> kc wrote:
>> An author ID would solve part of the problem -- that is, it could make
> Isn't there a "party identifier" scheme under discussion now that would
> do essentially this, for personal and corporate authors?
> http://collectionscanada.ca/iso/tc46sc9/27729.htm
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