Seems like pulling-teeth was worth it. Thank you for these updates and for
making them available for all interested.
Essentially, given your 6 months latency compared to http://id.loc.gov) and
the inclusion of NAF and non-NAF headings in Identities,
both Terminologies and Identities are not yet at a level of databases that
libraries can go for, forgoing what they currently need to buy, load, and
Your withdrawal of the brochure statement is justified and apology accepted.
On 3/19/10 1:35 PM, "Karen Coombs" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Identities is not based on a name authority file it is based on name data in
> WorldCat. These two are not the same thing. Names within Identities come from
> several different fields within the WorldCat MARC records including 1xx, 6xx,
> and 7xx fields. This is why Identities contains names which have not made
> their way into a name authority file
> (http://www.worldcat.org/identities/np-levan,%20ralph%20r). Also Identities
> doesnšt contain authority records, it contains Identity records. Identity
> records contain different information from Authority records.
> There are name authority projects going on within OCLC Research. The most
> active is VIAF http://www.viaf.org/ . This service contains name authority
> information from several national libraries, not just Library of Congress and
> right now not all of NACO has been loaded, only differentiate personal names.
> More information on the VIAF project is available at
> Regarding up to dateness of Terminologies as I said in my previous message a
> schedule for updates was posted to the Developer Network listserv and the
> Developer Network wiki
> (http://worldcat.org/devnet/wiki/Terminologies_Updates). Andrew Houghton has
> also informed you that information about how recently a given terminology is
> located on the Experimental Terminologies page (