The purpose of this paper is to develop and evaluate a workflow for establishing name authority in uncontrolled collections.
The authors developed a workflow incorporating command-line tools and tested it in the electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) collection. The authors narrowed the scope of the study to born-digital ETDs in the collection and to contributor names, including chairs and committee members.
This workflow can save staff time and allows for flexible implementation depending on staff numbers and skills as well as institutional needs.
This workflow could be used by other institutions with little or no modification, as it does not rely on specialized software or extensive expertise.
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD), in Hong Kong, on 23-26 September 2013, http://lib.hku.hk/etd2013/
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