OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), as you may know, is the organization that partners with member libraries to produce and maintain WorldCat. They have a project called WorldCat Identities and its goal is to “create a summary page for every name in WorldCat.” Identities is an attempt at Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) which provides an information retrieval process that allows the user to explore and navigate the metadata of an resource through a hierarchy of relationships thus providing a more natural, intuitive approach to searching. By looking up a name of an author, musician, or even a character in a book you can go beyond the connections to the titles and actually explore related subjects and identities. In addition, you can see any genres, roles, or subject headings that are associated with the name. Go to http://orlabs.oclc.org/identities/ and try your own search.
Thomas Hickey, NextSpace: The OCLC Newsletter, http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/006/research.htm. (accessed February 20, 2009).