As described in the member list in January 2018, there was interest in the data model being able to copy or link various aspects of records to other records. In this particular case, it was the ability to link or copy the Biographical/Historical note for an Agent record into a finding aid. Similar to LibGuides, this feature could either copy the information into the new record, which could then be customized for the local purposes, or link the record, enabling all of the linked records to batch update. This type of functionality would also be helpful for populating digital object metadata, as described in the SIEWG digital objects brainstorming page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OKbhLAIkpYkQxy0afhk9klJf-DqjSfeLvLw-x09jBTE/edit?usp=sharing, and also for spawning/transforming parts of Accession records into finding aid components as part of minimal processing (another user-contributed use case).
It would be good to have wider community discussion and a specification written for this, perhaps alongside the related issues Lydia notes.
Usability team recommends closing this ticket at this time; not much evidence that this functionality is needed by a wide number of users.
This topic was brought up in the open call today and people seemed supportive of the idea.
My repository would also like to have a way to have the biographical/historical note from the agent record to be added to the Resource record in some way. We are exporting EAD from ASpace to contribute to an aggregator. The biographical/historical note in the agent records would be the authoritative version.
Having the data export would help minimize copying/pasting and would prevent having to go back if something changed in the biographical note. For example, we often have multiple finding aids related to an executive’s term in office. Each would need the same biographic note for the executive. Since the person was alive when they left office, their biographical sketch may change over time and it would be a time saver to only edit the biographical narrative in one place.