Moving Beyond the Name: Defining Corporate Entities to Support Provenance-Based Access

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The second edition of the International Standard Archival Authority Records for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (ISAAR(CPF)2) focuses on describing entities as they exist in reality, rather than on establishing authorized terms. This change allows authority records to include multiple authorized terms representing an entity as it changed over time. Traditionally, an authority record has been created for a corporate body each time its name changed. This practice results in an artificial, fragmented view of the entity, concentrating on heading control rather than on providing contextual information necessary to assist with the provenance-method of retrieval and the interpretation of the records. In order to describe entities as ISAAR(CPF)2 allows and better reflect records-creating environments, the author proposes that an authority record describe a definable unit that performs a distinct function without major temporal interruption.


Archival authority records; Authority files (Information retrieval); Cataloging of archival materials; Corporate names; Encoded Archival Context; EAC; Describing Archives\: A Content Standard; DACS; International Standard Archival Authority Record \(Corporate Bodies; Persons; Families\); International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies; Persons; and Families; ISAAR \(CPF\); Name authority records (Information retrieval)


Archival Science | Cataloging and Metadata | Library and Information Science


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