I'm afraid Sally has jumped the gun about saying we would post Names through id.loc.gov, as those discussions have impact on our publishing side of the house and no decision is yet made about whether we'd use id.loc.gov or not. There are several other routes we offer for that data.
LCNAF (Names) is not a thesaurus, so not especially SKOS-compatible. Our Name authority data is available freely on the Web through VIAF (see viaf.org) as MARC 21, UNIMARC, RDF XML - and now includes both personal and corporate names and soon will add the uniform titles from over 18 contributing institutions worldwide. - Barbara Tillett
From: Authorities and Vocabularies Service Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sally McCallum
Sent: Friday, October 08, 2010 1:23 PM
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Subject: [ID.LOC.GOV] Names in ID
I wanted to provide a few updates.
We're working on the publishing the Names. We hope to make those available within the next 6 months, hopefully sooner rather than later.
We're delighted the service has been successful, assuring its continued growth, so we're taking the opportunity to revamp the system for the long- term. ID.LOC.GOV was initially designed specifically for LCSH and, though it now accommodates a number of additional vocabularies, the system has been _modified_ to accommodate these additions versus _designed_ with them in mind. The addition of Names will be part of this revamp. In the meantime, we'll be making a few more vocabulary files available as SKOS within the next 30 days: language codes, country codes, GACs, and several more PREMIS vocabularies.
We've also been working on MADS/RDF, which is an ontology that will be perfectly compatible with SKOS, but will have better support for identifying the types of authority records and their parts. We have had
lots of calls for more granularity. For example, MADS/RDF will support
identifying the components of a pre-coordinated subject heading. At DLF in November Kevin Ford will be presenting for review the RDF we are targeting for LCSH and NAF. Stabilizing that will help get the revised system operational. We plan to offer a choice of MADS/RDF and SKOS and other download options.
Updates to ID as they occur will be noted on various lists.
Reminder, if you are experimenting with the ID files, please let others on
the ID list know what you are doing. We are all interested.