On the note of what other formats are available, you can also throw a .rdf
onto the end to get a little RDF/XML as DC/SKOS (at least for the one you
mentioned--it doesn't seem terribly detailed compared to the XML).
On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Bigwood, David <[log in to unmask]>
> ORCID is also available. http://orcid.org/organizations/integrators/API
> ORCID is mostly current authors of journal articles. Over 2 million names.
> David Bigwood
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> Eric Lease Morgan
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] authority work with isni
> I am thinking about doing some authority work with content from ISNI, and
> I have a few questions about the resource.
> As yo may or may not know, ISNI is a sort of authority database.  One
> can search for an identity in ISNI, identify a person of interest, get a
> key, transform the key into a URI, and use the URI to get back both
> human-readable and machine readable data about the person. For example, the
> following URIs return the same content in different forms:
> * human-readable - http://isni.org/isni/0000000035046923
> * XML - http://isni.org/isni/0000000035046923.xml
> I discovered the former URI through a tiny bit of reading.  And I
> discovered the later URI through a simple guess. What other URIs exist?
> When it comes to the authority work, my goal is to enhance authority
> records; to more thoroughly associate global identifiers with named
> entities in a local authority database. Once this goal is accomplished, the
> library catalog experience can be enhanced, and the door is opened for
> supporting linked data initiatives. In order to accomplish the goal, I
> believe I can:
> 1. get a list of authority records
> 2. search for name in a global authority database (like VIAF or ISNI)
> 3. if found, then update local authority record accordingly
> 4. go to Step #2 for all records
> 5. done
> My questions are:
> * What remote authority databases are available programmatically? I
> already know of one from the Library of Congress, VIAF, and probably
> WorldCat Identities. Does ISNI support some sort of API, and if so, where
> is some documentation?
> * I believe the Library Of Congress, VIAF, and probably WorldCat
> Identities all support linked data. Does ISNI, and if so, then how is it
> implemented and can you point me to documentation?
> * When it comes to updating the local (MARC) authority records, how do
> you suggest the updates happen? More specifically, what types of values do
> you suggest I insert into what specific (MARC) fields/subfields? Some
> people advocate $0 of 1xx, 6xx, and 7xx fields. Other people suggest 024
> subfields 2 and a. Inquiring minds would like to know.
> Fun with authorities!? And, “What’s in a name anyway?"
>  ISNI - http://isni.org
>  some documentation - http://isni.org/how-isni-works
> Eric Lease Morgan
> Lost In Rome
Ruth Kitchin Tillman
Digital Collections Librarian
113 Hesburgh Library
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