[rdfweb-dev] Standard Person Name components

Libby Miller Libby.Miller at bristol.ac.uk
Fri May 7 11:01:03 UTC 2004


Sorry if this has already come up, but Morten did a lot of work on this
issue:

http://rdfweb.org/topic/NamesInFoaf
(http://rdfweb.org/topic/NameVocabIssue)

Libby

On Fri, 7 May 2004, Richard Lennox wrote:

>
> From: "Adrian Tritschler" <ajft at ajft.org>
>
> > In your research, don't just look at RDF/XML resources, "naming" has
> > been covered in other areas as well.
> >
>
> Do you know of any particular places/areas so that I can narrow my search? -
> google is not being very helpful!
>
> > Me, I've got two "second" names, and far too often I don't fit into the
> > (mostly american) insistence on first name, *one* middle name, and a
> > surname.   A friend a long time ago had no middle name, her university
> > had to give her an initial of "X" otherwise their admin system wouldn't
> > accept her.  Another Sri Lankan friend, he had a total of eleven names,
> > and writing them all out in full would blow out *any* form in existence.
> >
>
> My current thinking with regard to recording detailed person names is of a
> sorted collection of components controlled by the user/machin creating the
> rdf following the custom of the person in question (with some
> constrints/rules).  With the components (all repeatable 0+ times as
> required):
>
> - prefix
> - title (a less general prefix)
> - primary given name (when repated effect is name is equivalent to "John
> Paul")
> - secondary given name (as opposed to middle names which looks funny and is
> not in the middle in the case of Turkish Names whose culture is
> <middle><given><family>[1].)
> - articular (van, de la, von, etc.)
> - family name
> - generational identifier
> - suffix
>
> This would certainly handle no middle names and the eleven names of your Sri
> Lankan friend. But I am unsure as to whether the compnents are correct and
> cannot find any description or project that covers this.  What does everyone
> think?
>
> Thanks
> Richard
>
> [1] http://dublincore.org/documents/name-representation/
>
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>
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