Code4Lib and FRBR

At the recent Code4Lib 2009 Conference in Providence, there was a talk on FRBR by Jodi Schneider and William Denton.

In my first post, I thought of creating a separate page with links to various resources on FRBR and RDA. After some thought and seeing the types of resources out there on the web, I realized that many were time sensitive. This was particularly true for many workshops that I saw advertised. Hence, I decided to dedicate the occasional post on FRBR, RDA, FRAD, FRAR.

For this first post, I have collected a small list of general resources on FRBR, FRAR, and FRAD. These links are to sites, like the one to Jodi Schneider and William Denton’s Code4Lib presentation, that provide a general introduction to these topics and some clarification. I have also included some blog postings, where you can add comments and insert yourself into the discussion. These links are at the end of this post.

Is there a particular resource here that I prefer? I know that many have trouble with Wikipedia. However, I found their article included the necessary information to get you started on the path to understanding not just FRBR but also FRAR. It also had good links to IFLA and the crucial blog from William Denton on all things FRBR.  The main lesong is that FRBR is a conceptual entity-relationship model, developed by IFLA, and is not to be confused with AACR2 or even RDA, which is a content standard.

The catalogingfutures blog and Kelly McGrath’s explanation of FRBR for a larger audience (go directly to: helped me to better understand FRBR for catalogers. Kelly brings up a good point; a lot of information is stuffed into notes that many don’t read or miss. If this data was linked not just to a larger cultural context but also to other relevant and useful information, the user would have an entire network of information and knowledge possibilities at the palm of their mouse. This would take advantage of the web, it would enhance users’ experience of library holdings, and create more enriched relationships.

The PDF link to Barbara Tilliet’s 8 page publicity for her book entitled, What is FRBR, packs a punch in terms of describing FRBR. Here, you’ll find a good definition of the major principles, FRBR, entities, relationships, along with some helpful graphs.

Some of the other resources listed below re-iterate much that these 3 links cover. The exception are the links on FRAR and FRAD. Bibliogrpahic records do not just contain descriptive information about items but also include access points, controlled data such as authorized forms of names, subject headings, and the link. Bibliographic records also contain information on location, type of material, carrier (DVD, VHS, monograph,…). FRAR and FRAD or the Functional Requirements for Authority Records and the Functional Requirements for Authority Data are two conceptual entity-relationship models. These two models are similar to FRBR but differ. This is why I included some links to both of these models. Again the Wikipedia article is a good starting point. Glenn Patton’s presentation is also a good starting point to read about the main points in FRAR and FRAD and how they relate to FRBR.

There’s a lot of information out there on this subject…and a lot of opinions. So more links are on the way….

Links to resources:
Wikipedia article on FRBR

The FRBR Blog

Cataloging Futures on FRBR and RDA

OCLC’s FRBR Projects

What is FRBR by Barbara Tillet (This is just a small brochure advertising her book but you can get some decent information in this 8 page summary)

William Denton’s chapter, “FRBR and the history of cataloging”

Brief description of FRBR from TechEssence.Info

IFLA’s FRBR Discussion Listserv

David Bigwood’s blog on FRBR and Dublin Core

Kelly McGrath and Lynne Bisko on Identifying FRBR Work-Level data in MARC

A chapter from Martha Yee’s book on FRBR and Moving Images (2007)

FRBR Testing from Indiana with their digital music libraries

IFLA’s Final Report, 1998

FRAR: The Functional Requirements for Authority Records
Wikipedia article on FRAR

IFLA’s Working Group on FRAR

FRAD: The Functional Requirements for Authority Data

FRBR, FRAD resources from LITA

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