On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Kyle Banerjee <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This would certainly be a possibility for other projects, but the use case
> we're immediately concerned with requires an authority file that's
> maintained by our local archives. It contains all kinds of information
> about people (degrees, nicknames, etc) as well as terminology which is not
> technically kosher but which we know people use.
Just as an aside really, I think there's a real opportunity for
libraries and archives to make their local thesauri and name indexes
available for integration into other applications both inside and
outside their institutional walls. Wikipedia, Freebase, VIAF are
great, but their notability guidelines don't always the greatest match
for cultural heritage organizations. So seriously consider putting a
little web app around the information you have, using it for
maintaining the data, making it available programatically (API), and
linking it out to other databases (VIAF, etc) as needed.
A briefer/pithier way of saying this is to quote Mark Matienzo 
Sooner or later, everyone needs a vocabulary management app.
PS. I think Mark Phillips has done some interesting work in this area
at UNT. But I don't have anything to point you at, maybe Mark is tuned
in, and can chime in.