RDA-L Geographic names, changes of names

Posting to RDA-L

On 11/6/2015 10:44 AM, Mauro Guerrini wrote:
In the direction of giving more an international dimension to the RDA, I think it is necessary to dissolve all geographical names, in particular the indications of the US states, geographical names clear in the American context, but not in the international context.

I agree that not everyone needs to follow the American context, where LC is a part of the US government and must follow US government policy. Others often have other views of the world when it comes to jurisdictions. One of the latest incidents over jurisdictions is between China and the US (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34647651)

Politics aside, since for better or worse we are heading toward linked data(!) this is one case where linking to a shared URI may be genuinely useful. For instance, the VIAF record for İskenderun/Alexandretta
(https://viaf.org/viaf/150161271) could be expanded in a number of ways to reflect different contexts. One way would be to update the VIAF record itself, or lacking that, if there is a link from the VIAF record to the information in Wikidata (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q174341), the additional information could be added there. Such a structure could contain all the different possibilities in all the different national contexts.

So, the actual forms of the names will not be so important but the links and–in theory!–everything could still work more or less consistently. Of course, making it work in reality and more importantly, coherently for the public, is another task!