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For those VIAF records which are linked to Wikipedia articles, VIAF reliably includes dates of death.
In my experience, one of the most reliably-added pieces of information in Wikipedia biographies is death dates.
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] BIBFRAME Identifier, Role, and Authority ProposalsOn 8/26/15 3:17 PM, Thomas Berger wrote:You say "usually," but I see "occasionally." As an example, here's the LC authority record for me: http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n89613425.marcxml.xml, and if you can find "other important contextual information" you are a better reader than I am. Plus, when that information is available it's in a note field and can be quite cryptic:LC records may be lacking explicit (especially death) dates, but they usually contain a wealth of textual references which more often than not reveal exact birth dates and other important contextual information (affiliations, notable works, places of birth, death and activity).
Thomas, I think you are being overly optimistic about the state of authority data today. I agree that it can get better, but I don't agree that VIAF extracts much "data" -- it basically gets what you can get from a MARC name heading field, and adds in titles of works (which it gets from the WorldCat database). There may be more information in non-US authority files, but rather than relying on impressions it would be better to have a good study of available data.
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