PCCLIST readers (copy: PERSNAME-L listowners):
At the ALCTS Forum on Undifferentiated Names, a couple of people used the term crowdsourcing. This term has also been used in a response I heard when describing the electronic distribution list PERSNAME-L. Those curious to find out more are invited to subscribe. Further information is here:
PERSNAME-L is open to all, therefore participation is not restricted to NACO members. An example of how it is crowdsourcing: in a recent case, I received assistance from another PERSNAME-L reader, who enabled me to disambiguate someone represented on an undifferentiated NAR. I didn't know whom to ask, but someone on the list had the information.
Yes, I disambiguated a real person, though alas not still living and breathing, now represented by a unique identifier in the form of -- a name heading?, a name authority record?, an LCCN? Would she be better off with an ISNI?
I'll post on PERSNAME-L about that person in a while. Eventually, I expect that PERSNAME-L will outlive its usefulness, but as of now, it is widely appreciated. If projects in place - internationally or locally - make it unnecessary for you to use PERSNAME-L, I'd appreciate hearing how and why. Please reply to PCCLIST. Sincerely - Ian
Ian Fairclough - George Mason University - [log in to unmask]