Australian people names a key information resource by rur27363


									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
• 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
• 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
         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
              People Portal
• Encompasses Australian People and
• 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
• Persistent identifiers
• Z39.50/SRW/SRU Interface
Figure 1: Content Model

                            Partner System

                                     Resource Descriptions

                           Harvester System/

                                     Resource Descriptions

                            Kinetica Update                           People Australia
                               Database                                 Repository

                                     Resource Descriptions
   Resource Descriptions             Authorities

                           OAI-PMH Interface                      Parties
         Potential Partners
• Collecting institutions
• Organisations investing in structured
  information about Australian people and
               Benefits (1)
• Savings in end user time – single entry
• 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

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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
  achievements of their
  agricultural science

                              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
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
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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
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         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
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