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.
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