National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station

National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station


Library & Archives Canada links authority data to VIAF & launches Canadiana Authorities

From an announcement on ARCAN-L (02010 05 05):

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

"signed a collaborative agreement with OCLC, the Library of Congress, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France to participate in the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) project, a key initiative to connect the world's libraries. The project's goal is to increase the utility of library authority data by matching and linking the authority files of national libraries and then making that information available on the Web. Recently, LAC's file of 410,000 personal name authority records, Canada's contribution to a shared global authority service, was successfully loaded into the VIAF.

VIAF now has 16 participating libraries, over 13 million personal name authority records and plans to expand by including corporate names and uniform titles.

Here at home, LAC is also launching Canadiana Authorities, a new Web interface to its authority data. This interface provides keyword access to over 660,000 name, name/title and title authority records (including series authority records) derived from the AMICUS database. To learn more about using Canadiana Authorities, please visit the following website:"

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