Rethinking Authority Reconciliation Process

Greta Heng, Timothy W. Cole, Tang Tian, Myung Ja Han

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Entity identity management and name reconciliation are intrinsic to both Linked Open Data (LOD) and traditional library authority control. Does this mean that LOD sources can facilitate authority control? This Emblematica Online case study examines the utility of five LOD sources for name reconciliation, comparing design differences regarding ontologies, linking models, and entity properties. It explores the challenges of name reconciliation in the LOD environment and provides lessons learned during a semi-automated name reconciliation process. It also briefly discusses the potential values and benefits of LOD authorities to the authority reconciliation process itself and library services in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-68
Number of pages24
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online dateOct 21 2021
StatePublished - 2022


  • Name reconciliation
  • authority control
  • linked open data
  • person name entity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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