Thanks, this is interesting work. I hope OCLC also considers providing associated titles as identifying information. I'd be less confident identifying Michael Jackson by "Rock musician" in a list of Michael Jacksons than by "Thriller."  And title associations are something we have almost universally for the names we care about.


On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 7:47 AM, Folsom, Steven <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thanks for making the connection between this thread and the OCLC entity pilot. Do you know the status of the pilot or of other systems looking to better display information about entities (beyond the Authorized Access Point)? 

Ex Libris is in the early stages of using URIs in Primo to enhance discovery interfaces. Seems help is on the way. 


On May 13, 2016, at 8:28 AM, Sarah Ross <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

OCLC Research’s WorldCat Person Entity Lookup Pilot, in which my institution participated last winter, offered an experimental view of how personal names and their indexes might look in a linked data environment less dependent on perfect, unique NACO strings.  It’s worth taking a look.  Here is a subset of their display of the many entities whose preferred name is simply “Michael Jackson”:


I find this interface intuitive and easy to use, in some ways more so than our traditional indexes. It displays and uses data from more than just the NAF, including associated bib records, VIAF, Wikidata, and other national libraries.  Here’s another of OCLC’s experimental interfaces displaying a search on another common name:


OCLC’s John Chapman presented more information about the pilot at ALA in January (beginning on his page 11):



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