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Name Authority File

The Name Authority File (German: Personennamendatei or PND) is an authority file of people, which served primarily to access literature in libraries. The PND has been built up between 1995 and 1998 and was published by the German National Library till 2012. For each person there is a record with his or her name, birth and occupation connected with a unique identifier, the PND number.

The PND comprises more than two million entries and is comparable with the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF). Since April 2012 the PND (which have since been discontinued) is part of the Integrated Authority File (Gemeinsame Normdatei or GND).

Further reading

  • Reinhard Rinn: Das Projekt Personennamendatei (PND-Projekt); in: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 41 (1994), p. 543
  • Reinhard Rinn: Die überregionale Normdatei für Personennamen (PND). Bericht zum Projektstand September 1995; in: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 42 (1995), p. 617
  • Claudia Fabian: Entwicklung und Aufbau der Personennamendatei in Deutschland. Bericht über Konzeption und Realisierung seit 1989; in: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 42 (1995), p. 605
  • Ronald Michael Schmidt: Die Anwendung der überregionalen Personennamendatei in Verbundsystemen; in: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 44 (1997), p. 117
  • Brigitte Wiechmann: Individualisierungstest in Der Deutschen Bibliothek; in: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 46 (1999), Heft 3
  • Katrin Teichmann: Anwendung der Normdaten Der Deutschen Bibliothek in der Museumsdokumentation. Am Beispiel der Porträtsammlung im Deutschen Buch- und Schriftmuseum der Deutschen Bücherei Leipzig; Hochschulschrift 2003
  • Gabriele Meßmer: The German Name Authority File (PND) in the Union Catalogue: principles experiences and costs; in: Authority control. Definizione ed esperienze internazionali. Atti del convegno internazionale, Firenze, 10-12 febbraio 2003 [Authority Control: Reflections and Experiences. Florence Italy. 10–12 February 2003.]; ISBN 88-8453-110-1 Online-Version
  • Christel Hengel: Normdaten und Metadaten. Die Idee eines Internationalen Authority File, in: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie, 50 (2003), pp. 210–214.

External links

  • Information pages of the DNB about the PND (Wayback Machine)
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