ACAT What about “Citizens”?

Posting to Autocat

On 4/21/2016 7:52 PM, Nathan Rinne wrote:
Still, when it comes to getting a default heading [still something we > should strive for right, Jim?]

Actually, no. I do not see a need for a “default heading”, although I do like the way you put it. I have been using “single heading”. “Default heading” is a better term.

With linked data, what searchers experience can be something like what we see in Google search results from a search such as one for “Confucius” (https://www.google.dk/search?q=confucius). The area in the right hand column labeled “Confucius” with pictures, quotes, books and other information is called a “card”.
This “card” contains information from (I guess) dbpedia, Wikidata, Freebase and other tools, and we can see what a “heading” can become: something with far more than only a few words of text.

If this “card” would include information from another source, specifically id.loc.gov, (http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n80050515.html) we could display it just like what we see in the Google result, except it would not include who he influenced, quotes, and so on. The library linked data tool could include the info from id.loc.gov and what are now labelled “variants” could be added to what the user sees: Confucius, Konfuzius, K’oeng Foe-tse, Kung-foo-tsze, Kung-Kew, Kong-Fou-Tze…

and we could tart it up with pictures and other info.

Now, returning to the discussion about “Undocumented immigrants/Illegal aliens” (http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85003553.html) the new “card” for the catalog can display in a similar manner:
Illegal aliens, Undocumented immigrants, Aliens–Legal status, laws, etc., Aliens, Illegal, Illegal aliens–Legal status, laws, etc., Illegal immigrants, …

along with the narrower, broader, related terms, any scope notes, and so on. This entire “card” would replace what we now think of as a “default heading”.

In such a tool, each form can be searched and found, and none needs to take precedence over the other. Each form can be equal. I think this kind of tool could put an end to the interminable arguments over which single form (or default form) that everybody must use.

And yes, this is not actually new. (The historian in me must speak out!) I have mentioned that I found such displays in an old catalog of the Bodleian Library from the 1600s, created by the great scholar Thomas Hyde. (I mentioned this in a post http://blog.jweinheimer.net/2011/09/re-objection-to-authors-birth-year_28.html)

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