Fwd: New Scholars' Contributions to VIAF: Syriac!
2014-03-12 21:39:15 GMT
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From: "Swanekamp, Joan"
Date:03/12/2014 5:26 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: yulcmsmp-xGejAJT2w6wusPkQiajauA@public.gmane.org,"Dougherty, Roberta" ,benjamin.foster-LrD5EImo2rg@public.gmane.org,ulla.kasten-LrD5EImo2rg@public.gmane.org
Subject: New Scholars' Contributions to VIAF: Syriac!
From: Smith-Yoshimura,Karen [mailto:smithyok-1Ndb/wRslfY@public.gmane.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:33 PM
Subject: MetaMan IG: New Scholars' Contributions to VIAF: Syriac!
Dear OCLC Research Library Partners Metadata Management Interest Group –
Today we loaded the second set of scholars’ contributions to VIAF: The personal names in the Syriac Reference Portal hosted by Vanderbilt University. This represents another milestone in our Scholars’ Contributions to VIAF activity.
Syriac is a dialect of Aramaic, developed in the kingdom of Mesopotamia in the first century A.D. It flourished in the Persian and Roman Empires, and Syriac texts comprise the third largest surviving corpus of literature from the Roman Empire, after Greek and Latin. The Syriac Reference Portal is a collaborative digital reference project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation involving partners at Vanderbilt University, Princeton University and other affiliate institutions.
This addition represents the first time we see Syriac scripts (there are variants) as both the “preferred form” and under “alternate name forms” in a VIAF record. The Syriac Reference Portal also contributes additional Arabic and other scripts as alternate names, but selects a Syriac script form as a preferred form for people who wrote or were written about in Syriac. See, for example, the VIAF cluster for Saint Ephraem.
I just posted an entry on our hangingtogether blog: New Scholars’ Contributions to VIAF: Syriac! If you know of other scholarly societies with databases which might be interested in contributing to VIAF, please let me know.
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