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Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND)





The Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND) dataset pools

   the existing collaboratively driven German authority files
Personennamendatei (Personal Name Authority File, PND),
   Gemeinsame Krperschaftsdatei (Corporate Body Authority File, GKD),
Subject Headings Authority File (SWD) and
Uniform Title File for musical works (Deutsches Musikarchiv, EST)
  together into a single universal authority file (GND).

The authority files are mainly used in descriptions of cultural and scientific resources with a main focus on authority control and subject indexing in German, Austrian and Swiss libraries and library networks:

The PND incorporates names of persons important for descriptive and subject cataloguing as well as for cataloguing and scientific projects on local, federal, national and international level.

The GKD is the relevant authority file for German and foreign corporate body names in the German speaking area.

The SWD provides a normed, terminologically controlled vocabulary. It consists of concepts, events, places, buildings and other entities that are subject of a resource.

Detailed documentation is available here: href="">The Linked Data Service of the German National Library

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