Virtual International Authority File
|Introduced||August 6, 2003|
Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities. This would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process.
The project was initiated by the US
The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012.
The aim is to link the national authority files (such as the German