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Getty Research Institute - Union List of Artist Names

The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) is a structured vocabulary produced and maintained by the Getty Vocabulary Program at the Getty Research Institute, California USA. It contains around 127,000 records, including 375,000 names and biographical and bibliographic information about artists and architects, including a wealth of variant names, pseudonyms, and language variants. The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts.

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC)

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre maintains a free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, which offers an ever expanding, fully searchable, set of images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals. The NZETC collection contains over 2,600 texts (around 65,000 pages) and receives over 10,000 visits each day.

The UK Names Project

The Names Project is a collaboration between Mimas and the British Library. It is part of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) repositories and preservation programme.  The project scoped the requirements of UK institutional and subject repositories for a service that will reliably and uniquely identify individuals and institutions. A pilot name authority system is under development to test the various processes involved. This includes determining the most appropriate data format, setting up a test database, mapping data from different sources, populating the database with records and testing the use of the data.

Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)

The Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) is a joint project with the Library of Congress, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, and the Bibliotheque nationale de France that explores virtually combining the name authority files of all three institutions into a single name authority service. The prototype system is available at

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