Watch/Listen: From OCLC Research: Archived Copy of Recent Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) Webinar Now Online
We’re big fans of VIAF. You should be too! It’s already very useful and very cool. Plus, many possibilities for future use.
The Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) now comprises almost 20 million records from 24 different sources. In the last two months VIAF had over 70,000 visits from 147 countries/territories, with two-thirds “returning visitors.” In addition, VIAF sees 6 million hits per month from automated systems such as Web harvesters or other programs retrieving VIAF information.
The “show and tell” VIAF demonstrations you’ll see in this webinar recording include:
- Using VIAF as the primary reference for LC/NACO authority work to differentiate names—Spencer Anspach, Indiana University
- Using VIAF to create a record in Fihrist, a multi-institutional Islamic manuscript catalog, incorporating the URI to an author’s VIAF page—Alasdair Watson, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
- How VIAF helps researchers—Magda El-Sherbini, Ohio State University
- Using VIAF to identify provenance of rare books and adding VIAF links to images of bookplates, inscriptions and other marks of ownership in Flickr—Regan Kladstrup, University of Pennsylvania
- Using VIAF to identify issues in the VIAF matching process and how to respond and report them—Stephen Hearn, University of Minnesota
Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura introduced and facilitated the session and Chief Scientist Thom Hickey fielded questions from webinar attendees.
NOTE: This free webinar was open to OCLC Research Library Partners only, but the 1 hour and 13 minute recording is freely available
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.