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(By Neil Parker)
Currently there are no comprehensive data standards on PersonalNames that take into consideration Internationalization and the different naming customs of different cultures and languages. This draft proposed Personal Names Data Standard attempts to meet that goal.
In additon there are six supporting documents for this:
- Personal Name Background
- Personal Name Problems
- Personal Name User Requirements
- Personal Name Data Standard Rationale
- Personal Name Standard Implementation Guide
- Personal Name outstanding Issues
These documents are being updated and will be added about January 16, 2011.
They are available as a .pdf or Microsoft Word 2010 .docx files
These documents are written generically; not necesarily just to meet GEDCOM needs althought it attempts to do this. They will need rework once everyone has had an opportunity to critique them.
Also hopefully some ideas are presented that may be useful for other data standard topics, i.e.
- do we want to publish both a data standard and a data standard rationale
- do we need to publish our standards using a data represention language, if so, which one is easiest ot everyone to understand: BNF, EBNF, ISO BNF ...?
- do we need ot publish a data naming standard
- Should we not start developing other subsets of GEDCOM II, i.e a Date Standard (perhaps using Tom's Deadend data standards as a first draft), a Place Standard, a Note Standard, an Event standard, A Fact Standard etc?
Personal Name Data Standard contains a Logical Data Model of PersonName, its attributes, domains and link tables. The standard itself is described in ISO (International Standards Organization) Extended Backus-Naur Form (EBMF) Data Representation Language along with an explanatory narrative of the data standard. EBCD is described in Chapter 02 for those not familiar with it.
Personal Name Background contains an outline of GEDCOM 5.5 features, but only as it pertains to PersonName
Personal Name Problems contains a summary of Naming Conventions and their difference used thoughout the world and Problems with GEDCOM 5.5.
Personal Name User Requirements attempt to list all known requirements for Personal Name.
The Personal Name Data Standard Rationale attemps to explain why certain alternatives were adopted and this approach should facilitate the review process.
Implementation Guide is a working paper and documents my personal comments on implementation issues.
Personal Name Outstanding Issue is a working paper and document Outstanding issues.
Note a new version Personal Name Data Standard V0.02 replace previous Versions. It contains about 50 small changes to improve the accuracy of text including remove of many Space in EBNF production rules which I missunderstood.
Personal Name Data Standard V0.03.pdf
Personal Name Data Standard V0.03.docx
Previous Obsolete Versions
Personal Name Data Standard V0.02.pdf
Personal Name Data Standard V0.02.docx
Personal Name Data Standard.pdf
Personal Name Data Standard.docx
Personal Name Data Standard Rationale.pdf
Personal Name Data Standard Rationale.docx
Personal Name Implementation Guidelines.pdf
Personal Name Implementation Guidelines.docx