Australian people names: a key information resource Roxanne Missingham and Margaret Kennedy • Australian authorities: the current situation • Australian Name Authority File • Kinetica developments • New service for Australian personal names – Vision – Scope – Uses • Next steps Information about people and organisations • Important resource in libraries – Local system authority files – Australian Name and Subject Authority Files Australian Name Authority File • Unique resource, online since 1980 • THE authoritative source of information on Australian people and organisations • Relies on Australian libraries to contribute authorities and keep the database up to date • To remain relevant, needs: – Contribution of Australian libraries – new authorities – Editing and/or deletion of authorities as required Authority Control in a Distributed Environment • Less authority contribution to ANAF • Authority control in local system • Other sources of authority data Other Sources of Authority Data • For cataloguers: various iterations of LC authority files – These do contain headings for Australians, however, preferred form often differs • Other libraries What are we doing to encourage people to contribute their authority data? Kinetica Redevelopment Project • LibrariesAustralia • Z39.50 redevelopment • OCLC PICA Libraries Australia • New resource discovery service • Enables searching and display of authority records in html and MARC format • Enables downloading of authority records in various formats • Find and Get • Z39.50 Kinetica cataloguing • Based on OCLC Pica’s CBS software • New update database including CJK • Will have new functionality • New interface will replace current web update and cataloguing client in late 2005 • Transparent cut-over for Batch*Link and Harvester Services Why do we need authority files? • Verify form of heading (use of references, biographical details, literary warrant) • Collocate relevant resources under a single form of name – better retrieval by end user • Provide access from variations of name through well-defined reference structure Repurposing Authorities • International Projects: – Linking and Exploring Authority Files (LEAF) – Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) • Australian Projects and Services: – MusicAustralia Other sources • Australian Dictionary • Australian Women’s of Biography (under Archives development) • Australian Sound • Roll of Honour Design Database • ARROW • Bright Sparcs • Australian Prime • Australian Trade Ministers Union Archives • Artist Obituaries • Austlit Database • Mura gadi A new service for Australian names People Portal • Encompasses Australian People and Organisations • Builds on data in Australian Name Authority File, but will not replace or affect integrity of ANAF • Schema not yet decided People Portal • Will provide infrastructure to enable linking of information on a person/organisation created by different agencies • Integration of content • Replace links to a multiplicity of services • Encourage contributions from partners, both within & outside library sector • Use OAI-PMH to harvest data from partners • Persistent identifiers • Z39.50/SRW/SRU Interface Figure 1: Content Model Partner System Resource Descriptions Authorities Parties Harvester System/ Parties Batchlink Resource Descriptions Authorities Australian Kinetica Update People Australia Name Database Repository Authorities Resource Descriptions Resource Descriptions Authorities Authorities Parties OAI-PMH Interface Parties Potential Partners • Collecting institutions • Organisations investing in structured information about Australian people and organisations Benefits (1) • Savings in end user time – single entry point • Savings in staff time – sharing contextual metadata between services • Increased visibility of resources related to Australian collections • Discover and explore different views of a person from different sources Benefits (2) • Return on past & ongoing commitment to the ANAF • Improved data quality and coverage through collaboration between agencies • Opportunities to collaborate with international projects to link authority files & contextualise resources How will people use it? Scenario 1 A journalist is writing a retrospective piece on Bob Hawke for the weekend magazine of a national newspaper. Scenario 2 A teacher in a remote Indigenous community is leading his students through an assignment on the challenges and achievements of Indigenous sporting heroes National Library of Australia nla.pic-an22839269 Scenario 3 A nationally syndicated radio program mentions an upcoming Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition on the artist Margaret Preston, resulting in heightened interest in Preston’s work. Scenario 4 The Coleambally local history group wants information on significant people born in the district before the town was officially opened in 1968 so that they can construct a float for their local historical pageant. Scenario 5 The Committee of the Farrer Memorial Medal for agricultural science is putting together a centennial booklet highlighting achievements of their agricultural science researchers. From: Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School Scenario 6 Ask Now! operators are inundated with inquiries about the writer Peter Goldsworthy, who is set on this year’s NSW HSC curriculum. Alerted to this interest, the Ask Now! coordinator wants to set up a knowledge base on Goldsworthy so that operators can send a pre-formulated list of resources Scenario 7 The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet wants information on nominees for the 2005 Australian of the Year Award, and want to be notified of any new information that becomes available for each nominee until the Award is announced. Scenario 8 A cataloguer wants to verify that a Margaret de Salis mentioned in a biography was one of the pioneering de Salis family from the Tharwa area in the ACT. National Library of Australia Login | Logout | About | Contact | Help PeopleAustralia Search; Go The ones we have records for Home | Advanced Search | Browse | History | Saved Records | Saved Queries | Alerts Gilmore, Marshall Gilmore, Meredith Gilmore, Dame Mary (1865-1962) Other names: Born Mary Jean Cameron, at Cottawalla, near Goulburn, New South Gilmore, Dame Mary Cameron Wales, Dame Mary Gilmore was a poet, author and journalist. In prose an Gilmore, Mary Cameron advocate for cause of women's rights, and rights of Aboriginal Australians. Gilmore, Mary Jean In 1890 she moved to Sydney where she moved in radical and intellectual Born: circles. She became a close friend of Henry Lawson, and was the first 16 August 1865, Cottawalla, woman member of the Australian Workers' Union. She joined the New NSW Australia venture in Paraguay in 1895 and married William Alexander Gilmore in 1897, in Paraguay. Died: Dame Mary Gilmore 12 March 1962 The Gilmore family lived in Victoria from 1902 to 1912. She moved to National Portrait Gallery More information Sydney in 1912. She wrote for local newspapers, and edited (1908-31) the Gender: More pictures women's page in The Australian Worker, campaigning vigorously on behalf Femaile of the Aborigines, old age and invalid pensions, maternity allowances, child health centres, the rights of illegitimate and other welfare causes. child health centres, the rights of illegitimate and adopted children and adopted children and Activities: other welfare causes. Trade Union - Rank and File A foundation member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (1928), she was appointed a Dame Member Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1937) for services to literature. Source: Australian Trade Union Archives. Go to entry in the Australian Trade Union Archives More information: View information on Dame Mary Gilmore from: Austlit: Australian Literature Gateway. Australian Name Authority File Go to the entry on Dame Mary Gilmore in: Encyclopedia of Aboriginal History Find works by or about Dame Mary Gilmore Limit to: Online Books By Theses About More limits Pictures People Portal Song (to the tune of “Click go the shears”) Out on the Web a name seeker stands Grasping their mouse with firm, eager hands Fixed is their gaze on what the screen will show Can they find the one they want, or thwarted will they go? Click goes the mouse then, click, click, click, Wide are their eyes and their hands move quick No need to spend your time in searching high and low People Portal has the answers to what you want to know Thank you. Questions??
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