LEAF (Linking and Exploring Authority Files)
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Second year progress report Nov 2003 Newsletter available now
LEAF (Linking and Exploring Authority Files) is a three year project that started in March 2001. It is co-funded within the Information Society Technologies Programme of the Fifth Framework of the European Commission. LEAF develops a model architecture for establishing links between distributed authority records and providing access to them. The system allows uploads of the distributed authorities to the central system and automatically links those authorities concerning the same entity.

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Information which is retrieved as a result of a query will be stored in a pan-European "Central Name Authority File". This file will grow with each query and at the same time will reflect what data records are relevant to the LEAF users. Libraries and archives wanting to improve authority information will thus be able to prioritise their editing work. Registered users will be able to post annotations to particular data records in the LEAF system, to search for annotations, and to download records in various formats.

The project results will be implemented by extending an existing, fully functional, international online Search and Retrieval service network of OPACs that provides information about modern manuscripts and letters, MALVINE. Thus, besides its bibliographic functions MALVINE will be extended into a global multilingual information service about persons and corporate bodies based on user needs. The model architecture is intended to be applicable to other kinds of cultural/scientific objects and data, ensuring through the use of authority file information that the representation of the objects in question is one of high quality.

The LEAF demonstrator will thus provide a valuable example of how dynamic user interaction with the cultural/scientific content can considerably enhance the user experience. More information can be found here.