Should academic titles be shown with names in addresses?
Summary: Should academic titles be shown with names in addresses?
Created: 2013-09-11 16:58:27.651
Updated: 2013-09-26 16:23:21.075
Resolved: 2013-09-26 16:23:21.051
Description: Currently, all personal names for contacts are only giving the name components, omitting academic (or other) titles. We received a request to show those titles, which are contained in the IMS database.
As this should be handled consistently across the site, it requires a general decision whether or not academic titles should be displayed with names on the site.]]>
Created: 2013-09-11 17:16:57.433
Updated: 2013-09-11 17:16:57.433
The practice until now has been not to expose academic titles, for two good reasons: 1. We do not have this information in all cases from the IMS, so it would be inconsistent, and 2. Academic titles have different connotations in different cultures so it is good practice not to use them as a general prefix - this is the preferred style in GBIF news stories, in common with many current style guides.
So I see no reason to change current practice for the new portal, and these reasons can be communicated where there are specific queries.