The Notable Names Database (NNDB), produced by Soylent Communications, the same entity that produces Rotten
Rotten.com is a United States-hosted shock site with the slogan "An archive of disturbing illustration" it is operated by Soylent Communications....

, Daily Rotten, Dr. Sputnik's Society Pages and Penny Postcards, is an online database
Online database
An online database is a database accessible from a network, including from the Internet.It differs from a local database, held in an individual computer or its attached storage, such as a CD....

 of biographical
A biography is a detailed description or account of someone's life. More than a list of basic facts , biography also portrays the subject's experience of those events...

 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.


Each person has an executive summary giving a brief description of NNDB's opinion of his or her notability. All have summaries of their vital statistics, like name, pseudonym
A pseudonym is a name that a person assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym...

s, place of birth, place of death, cause of death, location of their remains, religious beliefs, gender
Gender is a range of characteristics used to distinguish between males and females, particularly in the cases of men and women and the masculine and feminine attributes assigned to them. Depending on the context, the discriminating characteristics vary from sex to social role to gender identity...

, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation
Sexual orientation
Sexual orientation describes a pattern of emotional, romantic, or sexual attractions to the opposite sex, the same sex, both, or neither, and the genders that accompany them. By the convention of organized researchers, these attractions are subsumed under heterosexuality, homosexuality,...

, family members, partners, boyfriends or girlfriends or one-night stand
One-night stand
Originally, a one-night stand was a single theatre performance, usually by a guest performer on tour, as opposed to an ongoing engagement. Today, however, the term is more commonly defined as a single sexual encounter, in which neither participant has any intention or expectation of a relationship...

s and nationality. Some of the entries have a brief biography (usually trivia
The trivia are the three lower Artes Liberales, i.e. grammar, rhetoric and logic. These were the topics of basic education, foundational to the quadrivia of higher education, and hence the material of basic education, of interest only to undergraduates...

), while others have no extra biographical information at all. Entries may contain summaries of the organisations they belong to, illnesses, phobia
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational...

, addictions, drug use, criminal records and other data. 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. Readers may suggest additions, corrections, URLs, emails or images through a form on the website; they are later vetted by an NNDB staff member. A former feature was the "Level of Fame" assigned by NNDB from "Niche" to "Icon."

NNDB Mapper

The NNDB Mapper, a visual tool for exploring connections between people, is also available, which requires Flash 7 and JavaScript. The interface allows the user to map how various individuals and institutions are connected.

External links

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