20.038 biographical authorities?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 10:03:43 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 38.
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         Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 09:47:03 +0100
         From: Andrew Brown <andrew.brown_at_c18.net>
         Subject: Biographical authorities

Working on a number of related text databases for publication on the
web, I would like to link our persons table(s) through to some sort
of permanent authority, and/or allow for the attribution to each
entry of an established number, universally recognised. Are there any
moves towards a union catalogue of people?

If not, can I do better than a major library authority file? Given
that most of our material is related to France, that of the BNF would
be the obvious choice, and it has the great virtue of being publicly
accessible. Am I right to assume that the reference numbers of the
BNF entries have no wider relevance, and that every library has its
own number for Shakespeare?

(WBIS, ODNB and other commercial projects do not fit the bill: the
records need to be freely available.)

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