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A Workshop on
The Compilation, Maintenance, and Dissemination of
Taxonomic Authority Files (TAF)

June 22 - 23, 1998; Washington, DC

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Sponsored by:
  • The National Science Foundation [Award DEB-9726045]
  • The American Libraries Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services,Cataloging and Classification Section, Task Force on a Forum for Natural History Cataloging Issues
  • The United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division

Premise: The compilation, maintenance, and dissemination of taxonomic authority files has much in common with authority control as conceived and practiced in the library cataloging and information retrieval communities. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum in which members of the systematics and library communities can describe their respective domains, and identify the concepts, practices, and technologies that could be shared to promote consistency in the cataloging, indexing, and retrieval of biological information. (See Background.)
Format and Agenda: The two-day workshop consisted of 18 presentations by invited speakers, questions and comments for speakers, and discussion at the end of each session. (See Full Agenda)
Workshop Proceedings
Session I Examples Of Taxonomic Authority Compilation Projects
  II A Framework For Authority Control: From Shared Vocabularies To The Cooperative Cataloging Of Common Data Objects
  III Authorities, Gazetteers, and Thesauri
  IV Data Structures For Taxonomic Names And Classifications
  V Technologies For Accessing And Replicating Authorities

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