To: the MODS standard agency.
There is a problem to represent Dutch personal names in MODS.
A Dutchman who is called Jan de Koning has as family name 'Koning' and as
given name 'Jan'. The infix 'de' is not part of the family name. The
possible values of the type attribute of namePart are limited to an
explicit enumeration of values in the schema. There is no value to
represent infixes like 'de', 'van' and 'van de'. Is it possible to add
'infix' (or another string with the same semantics) to the enumeration of
values in the schema?
Note that in Flanders the name would be Jan De Koning; 'Jan' is the given
name and 'De Koning' is the family name. So this is a problem not of Dutch
names, but of the names of the Dutch.
We discovered this problem when writing guidelines for using MODS for
institutional repositories. Probably more questions and/or requests will
come out of this project (e.g., adding author identifiers is a problem).
Thomas W. Place ([log in to unmask])
Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands
phone: +31 13 466 2474; fax: +31 13 466 3370