Name-related information represents an area of the description process that is suitable for collaboration. The names created by libraries, archives and museums in Finland follow an international description standard. The uniformity of this descriptive information enables a common production process that, when realised, can be used to decrease the amount of overlapping work.

Finnish libraries, archives and museums have conducted a survey on the potential for collaboration in the naming process. The survey emphasises increasing both the efficiency of the naming process and the quality of the names that are created with the help of a shared name metadata service. Reliable name-related information helps support the creation of national online services as well as the utilisation of international databases for names. The establishment of a name metadata service could help increase the interoperability of the information used in public administration.

The planning process for the name metadata service is currently in its survey phase. Read more about the follow-up survey process.