Contents of the CERL Thesaurus

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CERL Thesaurus
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CERL Thesaurus
• Started as a compensation for the lack of global authority
control within the HPB
• Collection of multilingual authority files and headings
• Contains names
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from imprints,
of persons,
places and
corporate bodies
• Aims to include authority files of all HPB contributors
… and many others
• Continous updating, integration of new sources and manual
enhancement
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Accessing the CERL Thesaurus
• Free at http://thesaurus.cerl.org/
• Via SRU protocol for CERL members to
integrate it into other systems
• Soon: as Linked Open Data in RDF for
applications of the semantic web
• Editing client for manual editing
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Contents of the CERL Thesaurus
• 787.000 records
From
– 30 contributing institutions in
– 14 European countries
• hospitable to data of members and non-members
of CERL
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Contents of the CERL Thesaurus
• Includes and unites
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standard forms of the contributing libraries
variant spellings
forms in Latin and other languages
fictitious names
• Developed and maintained by the Data Conversion
Group at the Göttingen State and University Library
• Internal format following UNIMARC authorities
• Contributions can be accepted in various formats
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CERL Thesaurus web interface
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Latest additions
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Place names from Hungary
Provenance data from BNC Rome
UL Wrocław authority file
Dutch early printed material authority file
BSBink provenance data
Places of medieval manuscript writing in the
Netherlands
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Upcoming files
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National Library Warsaw authority file
National Library of France authority file
Scottish Book Trade Index
Spread of Scottish printing place names
National Library of Russia headings
Early Hungarian Authors authority file
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How to join in…
• Everyone:
– Use the CERL Thesaurus as reference work
– Add annotations to CERL Thesaurus records
• Librarians:
– Contribute your local authority files
– Provide access to provenance information in your local OPAC via the
CERL Thesaurus
– Use the CERL Thesaurus for Assisted Searching in your local databases
• Soon! Semantic web application:
– Interpret knowledge captured in the CERL Thesaurus in entirely new
contexts
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