SNAPDragon is Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies: Data and Relations in Greco-Roman Names.
They write of their project something that is surprisingly relevant to the experience of a contemporary prosopographer working with printed collections of biographies and a database of thousands of women. How to integrate CBW’s persons with the name authorities and records that might exist in many repositories and souces such as Wikipedia? Here’s the SNAP site’s statement:
“The general problem approached by the SNAP:DRGN project is exemplified by the inconsistency of and irregular overlap between the many huge databases of persons, names, and other personal data on the Internet. (These databases are familiar and ubiquitous, from lists of actors and creators in the Internet Movie Database or historical figures in Wikipedia, to private individuals via all sorts of social networking sites.) How does a researcher or analyst determine whether two records refer to the same person or are related in some other way, and whether other related information refers to both people equally? For this project we shall directly address these issues on a much smaller scale: there are very many historical prosopographies and onomastica (databases of persons and names), even within the relatively tight domain of Greco-Roman antiquity, and many of the same questions of identity and provenance apply. These databases can be worked on without the concerns raised by modern social network accounts: there are not the ethical and privacy concerns of working with living people; the scale, while still massive, is more tractable; there is much more academic coherence within the data, which, diverse as it is, is produced by a discipline with well-established working practices.”
The ethics and privacy issues are really worth pondering.