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A Workshop on the Compilation, Maintenance, and Dissemination of Taxonomic Authority Files

Workshop Proceedings

Last edited: October 4, 2003

Welcome and Introduction
Opening Remarks
Stanley D. Blum — California Academy of Sciences
(PI, Taxonomic Authority Files Workshop); and
John N. Mitchell — Cooperative Cataloging Team, Library of Congress
(Chair, Task Force on a Forum for Natural History Cataloging Issues, Cataloging and Classification Section, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services).
Stanley D. Blum — California Academy of Sciences

Session I: Examples Of Taxonomic Authority Compilation Projects
The Catalog Of Fishes Project.
William Eschmeyer — Curator, Department of Ichthyology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
The IOPI Global Plant Checklist Project.
Nancy Morin — Executive Director, American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Roy McDiarmid — USGS-BRD / National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
The Combined Plant Name Index: A Cooperatively Developed and Replicated Database of Plant Names.  [on ANBG server]
Greg Whitbread — Australian National Botanic Garden, Canberra
Sally Hinchcliffe — Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
Noel Cross — Harvard University Herbaria
Peter F. Stevens — Harvard University Herbaria
Eimear nic Lughadha — Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
The Species 2000 Programme.
Frank A. Bisby — Centre for Plant Diversity & Systematics, University of Reading
General Discussion (I)
Economic and Practical Aspects of Constructing and Maintaining Insect Name Authority Files: Nomina Insecta Nearctica and the ICIPE Insect Biodiversity Project.
Robert Poole — Entomological Information Services.
The Economics Of Authority File Compilation: A Perspective From A Self-Sustaining Literature Indexing Enterprise.
Michael N. Dadd — Managing Director, BIOSIS-UK.

Session II: A Framework For Authority Control — From Shared Vocabularies To The Cooperative Cataloging Of Common Data Objects
A Bird's Eye View of Authority Control in Cataloging.
Karen Calhoun — Head of Cataloging, Central Technical Services, Cornell University.
The Program For Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).
Beacher J. E. Wiggins — Director for Cataloging, Library of Congress.
An Overview Of Training Activities In The Program For Cooperative Cataloging.
Joan Swanekamp — Chief Catalog Librarian, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.
General Discussion (II)
The State of Cooperative Authority Work in the Library Community.
John Riemer — Assistant Head, Cataloging Department, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.

Session III: Authorities, Gazetteers, and Thesauri
Overview Of Library Authority File Record Structure, Format, Content & Processes.
John Riemer — Assistant Head, Cataloging Department, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.
Building Georeferenced Collections: Gazetteer Services.  [on ADL server]
Linda Hill — Alexandria Digital Library Project, University of California, Santa Barbara.
NISO Z39.19: Standard for Structure and Organization of Information Retrieval Thesauri.
Jessica L. Milstead — The JELEM Company, Brookfield, CT.
Unified Medical Language System (UMLS): A Multi-Thesaurus System.
Stuart Nelson — Head, Medical Subject Headings, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda MD.

Session IV: Data Structures for Taxonomic Names and Classifications
Names, Taxa, and Information.
Walter Berendsohn — Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin-Dahlem, GERMANY.
Relational Data Structures For Extensible Thesauri.
Randy Ballew — Museum Informatics Project, University of California, Berkeley.
Also see the more recent paper: "Relational Data Structures for Implementing Thesauri" by Randy Ballew, Thomas Duncan, and Mike Blasingame. (05/03/99) Acrobat PDF (208 KB)
General Discussion (III-IV)

Session V: Technologies for Accessing and Replicating Authorities
Accessing And Distributing Authority Files.
Gary Strawn — Northwestern University Library.
Java And Distributed Object Technologies For Replicating Data: Sharing Authoritative Records Of Plant-Name Authors In The Combined Plant Name Index.  [on ANBG server]
Noel Cross — Harvard University Herbaria, and
Sally Hinchcliffe — Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
General Discussion (IV)

Final Discussion