Why not just say "name"? The reader can tell at a glance what type of
name it is, should they care to make such a distinction.
Conveying the entity's role- agent, author, whatever is anithe
matter Names exist in the EAC context independantly of particular
roles which is a concept that only makes sense in the context of the
entity's relationship to a particular function or body of records Of
course in EAD, all the name elements have a ROLE attribute to specify
the relationship between the named entity and the records.
On May 24, 2011, at 11:49 PM, "BRIAN TINGLE" <[log in to unmask]
> In an EAC prototype I'm developing an interface for  as part of
> a research project I tried to keep the labels matching the EAC
> terminology, giving the benefit of the doubt to the work that was
> done to come up with those terms by the schema developers until it
> proves confusing for users.
> Using that logic, I would go with "identity" or maybe "name entry"
> after the eac element names -- but I din't actually use those words
> as labels for anything in the SNAC prototype design. I do have
> "authorized form of name" show when you hold the mouse over the name
> on the identity record page; and in the browse I call them "Names",
> "Person Names", "Corporate Body Names", and "Family Names" depending
> on the entityType limit.
>  http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/xtf/search
> On May 24, 2011, at 5:34 PM, Elizabeth Perkes wrote:
>> Is there a consensus yet about how to label a corporate, personal,
>> or family name in a way that makes sense to both archivists and
>> users? Since we are a government office collecting government
>> records, traditionally we just call these names "agencies." The EAC
>> standard uses the term "agent" and "entity." To me, "agent" sounds
>> like somebody from the CIA or FBI. We've relabeled fields in our
>> database to call them "entities" since if we add all the contextual
>> information possible, we very well could have people or even a
>> First Family recorded in this file. I don't know if a researcher
>> would know what an "entity" was if asked to do a keyword search on
>> such a field, although search results that display "creating
>> entity" might help. For them, the term "record creator" or "author"
>> might be best understood, but EAC allows for entry of people or
>> corporations that did not directly create the records, even though
>> they may provide some context into that creation. Using "Corporate,
>> Personal, or Family name" usually takes up too much space on screen
>> for archival data entry, and researchers might confuse that search
>> box with the name of the person they are researching, instead of
>> the entity that created the records. Using just "name" is even more
>> generic. What would you label these things?
>> Elizabeth Perkes
>> Electronic Records Archivist
>> Utah State Archives
>> 346 South Rio Grande
>> Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
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