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Hi Amy,
The script was actually used in a catalog enrichment project and run against our whole catalog. We do not intend to run the script manually as part of the routine cataloging workflow.
Lucas

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Amy Turner
Sent: Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] RDA metadata fields in name authority records

And, if the 043 is useful, and it can be generated from other data, why can’t this be done by a program working through the entire database rather than by a script that is activated one instance at a time?

Amy

From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Moore, Richard
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] RDA metadata fields in name authority records

Lucas

I’m going to carry on playing Devil’s Advocate here. How does the presence of a geographic area code in a name authority record benefit a user of the catalogue?

Regards
Richard

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mak, Lucas Wing Kau
Sent: 06 April 2017 14:15
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] RDA metadata fields in name authority records

Hi Richard,
We do utilize the 370 data in a script that generates 043 geographic area codes (GAC) based on subject headings. SHM Appendix E calls for the assignment of GAC for named entities. One sub-process in the script is to look at the 370$e or 370$c in a corporate body (610 20) NAR to determine what GAC to insert into 043. Undoubtedly, the usefulness of this sub-process depends on the availability of 370 data, which, as you’ve said, is not consistent.
Lucas
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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]]<mailto:[mailto:[log in to unmask]]> On Behalf Of Moore, Richard
Sent: Thursday, April 6, 2017 2:10 AM
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Subject: [PCCLIST] RDA metadata fields in name authority records

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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Authority Control Team Manager
The British Library

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