My opinion is that something is better than nothing. You can always go
back later and verify the normalized form with the authority record.
Plus, it's good to have the normalized form if you want to generate an
alphabetical list of names at some point.
On Fri, 14 Jan 2005, Richard Shrake wrote:
> Hello. I'm just starting to get me feet wet with EAD, but I've got a very
> large project coming up this spring.
> We're having a vendor scan and tag a book length directory of all of our map
> resources. One of the elements that is used in almost every entry is
> <origination> for the cartographer. Now the vendor has provided the tagging
> as follows:
> <origination label="Cartographer">Richard Shrake.</origination> [basically
> as it appears in the book]
> It occurs to me that the name should probably be inverted to facillitate
> searching by cartographer (not that we really have that ability yet, but
> let's be optimistic about the future). From EAD 2002, I see that I could
> have it tagged as folows:
> <origination label="Creator"><persname encodinganalog="100"
> normal="Shrake, Richard" role="Cartographer">Richard
> My concern is that I will be sacrificing authority control of these names by
> simply having the vendor invert the names within the tagging. On the other
> hand, there are almost 2,000 entries and I don't want to get bogged down.
> Any input besides calling me names?
> Richard Shrake
> Assistant Librarian
> American Philosophical Society
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