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Notable Names Database
NNDBLogo.png
URL www.nndb.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online biographical database
Registration no
Available language(s) English
Owner Soylent Communications
Launched August 7, 2002
Current status Active

The Notable Names Database (NNDB), produced by Soylent Communications, is an online database of biographical details of over 36,000 people of note. NNDB describes itself as an "intelligence aggregator" of those NNDB determines to be noteworthy, but mostly to identify connections between people.[1]

Contents

Entries

Each person has an executive summary giving a brief description of NNDB's opinion of their notability.[2] Additionally, entries may contain vital statistics, job history, religion, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, organisations, illnesses, drug use and biography. In the case of authors, actors and film directors, the article lists the person's work in chronological order. NNDB also has articles on films and music groups. Additionally, the NNDB includes an interesting feature allowing the user to peruse compiled lists, from school attendees to people who have been bitten by an animal.[3][4] Readers may suggest additions, corrections, URLs, emails or images by a form on the website which are later vetted by an NNDB staff member. A former feature was the "Level of Fame" assigned by NNDB from "Niche" to "Icon."[5]

NNDB Mapper

The NNDB Mapper, a visual tool for exploring connections between people, is also available, though it does require Flash 7 and JavaScript to run correctly.[6] The interface allows the user to map how various individuals and institutions are connected.

References

  1. ^ "NNDB". October 15 2009. http://www.nndb.com/. Retrieved October 15 2009.  
  2. ^ Schofield, Jack (2008-03-17). "Meet the new Who's Who". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/17/internet. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  3. ^ Schofield, Jack (2008-03-17). "Meet the new Who's Who". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/17/internet. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  4. ^ Julian Dibbell (October 7, 2005). "Name Games". Village Voice. http://www.villagevoice.com/screens/0541,dibbell,68710,28.html.  
  5. ^ Karol, Michael (2005). The Comic DNA of Lucille Ball: Interpreting the Icon. p. 28. http://books.google.com/books?id=XqoqB6-9EhIC&pg=PA28&dq=%22Notable+Names+Database%22#v=onepage&q=%22Notable%20Names%20Database%22&f=false. Retrieved 15 Oct 2009.  
  6. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (May 15, 2008). "Connecting executives (and celebs) with NNDB Mapper". cnet news. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-9945070-2.html. Retrieved 15 October 2009.  

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Simple English

NNDB, standing for Notable Names Database, produced by Soylent Communications, is an online database of biographical information of notable people. As of March 2007, NNDB contains more than 60,000 articles for over 22,000 important people. Readers may suggest additions or corrections which are later checked by a NNDB staff member.

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