Published: March 15, 2001.
Authority File Information As Global Access Point To Cultural Heritage Data: Some New Concepts
Mini-Workshop: Authority Files
Several national or international projects and co-operations in Europe (e.g. COVAX, ONE-2, AHDS) are dealing with cultural heritage data from libraries, archives and museums with a focus on homogenous access to the required information based on formal search and retrieval criteria or a formal approach to representing that data using standard technology trends (Z39.50, XML). Other projects aim at solving the problem of harmonizing information retrieval of data by using metadata based on the peculiarity of the material in question (e.g. MALVINE). The utilization of authority file information (AFI) in the above mentioned activities is lacking.
It is widely accepted that the national and international sharing of AFI is a suitable means for reducing the costs of cataloguing work in libraries, archives and museums as well as the costs for biographical research work undertaken in scientific projects. At the same time the importance of allowing the preservation of national, local or rule-based differences in AFI is generally appreciated (cf. e.g. Report of the IFLA UBCIM Working Group on Minimal Level Authority Records and ISADN).
Some issues to be discussed:
Developing new concepts
It is hoped that the workshop participants will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of using and sharing authority file information both within and beyond the area of museums.
Report of the IFLA UBCIM Working Group on Minimal Level Authority Records and ISADN: http://www.ifla.org/VI/3/p1996-2/mlar.htm