The Archives Hub names project: one name record to bind them

Archives Hub has started an initial exploratory project with the eventual aim of including name records in the Archives Hub. Anyone with an interest in entity-relationships, PIDs, putting archives into a broader context, creating connections to resources, etc. might be interested in following their periodic blog posts and following them on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/archiveshub

In their latest post they talk about the ideal of one ‘authority record’ for one person or organisation.

This is the conclusion they reach: “Therefore, we propose to keep the separate name records in our system We propose to create a ‘generic record’, which is what would be prominent in the Archives Hub display. We would then have the potential to link the records together, to blend them, to try some text mining and analysis techniques. It gives us options. It would not be sensible to make those decisions now. It is better to lay the groundwork that enables us to be flexible. This approach allows us to link to an individual name record where we don’t feel able to confirm a ‘same as’ relationship. It presents the option to the end user – here is a name – we think this is the same person, so we’ve provided a link.

The end user experience needs to make sense and not mislead or provide false information. Links to brief name records could seem confusing, but, as I have said, trying to bring together in one record all the information from several name records, with their biographies, relationships, aliases, events, related resources, is likely to be a nightmare. In the end, it will take a good deal more testing and working with researchers to work out what is best.”

You can find the whole post here: https://blog.archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/2020/06/29/names-3-one-name-record-to-bind-them/

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