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Among the many corrections I make every week to NARs, I am also 
maintaining the links in 37X fields.
Nancy

On 4/6/2017 3:24 AM, Gary L Strawn wrote:
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> Don't know if this counts as a "vendor" or not, but: The authority 
> toolkit is able to verify the correctness of information in the 3XX 
> fields, adding $2 where appropriate—to the extent that online services 
> such as id.loc.gov are capable of assisting in this task. 
> Unfortunately, the capability is wanting in some cases.
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> http://files.library.northwestern.edu/public/oclc/documentation/#verifymenu
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> *Gary L. Strawn*
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> *From:*Program for Cooperative Cataloging 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Adam L. Schiff
> *Sent:* Thursday, April 06, 2017 7:53 AM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Re: [PCCLIST] RDA metadata fields in name authority records
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> Richard,
>
> My understanding is that the next generation of OCLC's cataloging 
> software will be able to control the terms used in 3XX fields of 
> authorities and bibliographic records. I've certainly raised that as a 
> need in discussions with folks from OCLC and have been told that the 
> successor to Connexion will be able to do this.  I'd like to see ILS 
> vendors and authority control vendors also implement authority control 
> over these fields.  Hopefully someone from OCLC and various vendors is 
> reading this and might be willing to comment on their plans?
>
> Adam Schiff
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> University of Washington Libraries
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> *From:*Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> 
> on behalf of Moore, Richard <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, April 5, 2017 11:09 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* RDA metadata fields in name authority records
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> How useful are the terms we record in RDA metadata fields in name 
> authority records? That is, the 046 field, and the various 3XX fields.
>
> Given the time it takes to record, does anyone think this data is 
> being used for anything, or is likely to be useful in any way? Not in 
> theory, but in actual fact?
>
> It seems to me that the main functions of a name authority record for 
> a person are these:
>
> To identify a person uniquely to a user looking at the authority record.
>
> To provide a means of collocating bibliographic records with the 
> correct person in resource discovery.
>
> To provide enough information for automated matching in ISNI.
>
> The additional 046/3XX fields are, as I understand it, intended to be 
> used in displays in a way that no system does, and to provide a 
> machine-readable means of achieving some kind of linked data goal. 
> However, the fields are optional in NACO and are not included 
> consistently. There is no requirement to use controlled terms, or to 
> establish the terms in controlled vocabularies (SACO will not even 
> accept proposals for new LCSH used in NARs). Terms that **are** taken 
> from controlled vocabularies (LC/NAF, LCSH, LCDGT, etc.) are not 
> maintained. So I’m uncertain of their value as potentially linked data.
>
> Meanwhile, PCC is working towards an identifier-based model of 
> identity management. ISNI matches data primarily on form of name, 
> dates, and associated titles, and doesn’t make use of the RDA metadata 
> fields in NARs (affiliations in particular have performed poorly as 
> factors in algorithmic matching of identities).
>
> The first two goals above can also be achieved just by recording 
> preferred and variant names, and the source information we have 
> recorded in 670 fields since the year dot (and still record to justify 
> the content of 046/3XX).
>
> It’s often the case that by the time everyone has implemented a new 
> thing, the paradigm has shifted again and much of the new thing is no 
> longer useful.
>
> Resourcing constraints suggest that we should look at these things 
> quite closely.
>
> Regards
>
> Richard
>
> (My opinions, not necessarily those of anyone else)
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> Richard Moore
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