Next meeting: Prepping for BIBFRAME: It’s Time for a Remodel!

This is the second in a two-part series on how libraries might start thinking ahead for BIBFRAME, a standard that is being developed to replace MARC. Much has happened since we last talked about BIBFRAME in October. The website underwent a reorganization, a BIBFRAME editor (for “record” input) was previewed at ALA Midwinter, early implementers are beginning to report on their experiences thus far, and the BIBFRAME Vocabulary and BIBFRAME Authorities specifications were published (note: all of the BIBFRAME documents should be considered to be in “draft” status).

Comments from the community seem to be swaying away from the “this new model is too extreme to accommodate the granularity of our current data” view to “this new model is too conservative to carry our data into the semantic web” view. The concern that the architects of BIBFRAME are seeking to replace MARC rather than remodel bibliographic data in a way that utilizes modern web technologies (particularly in the areas of data exchange) is becoming more pervasive.[1] Now seems to be a great time to discuss a remodel of our data. Does the scope of our data remodel require applying a new coat of paint or demolishing the whole structure and rebuilding from the foundation? How might we use new technologies to meet the fundamental principles of information discovery (and reuse)? All are welcome to participate!

DATE: Tuesday, April 15
TIME: 9:30—10:30am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Prepping for BIBFRAME: It’s Time for a Remodel!


Good places to start in the new(ish) BIBFRAME documentation (even if you only skim):

Early thoughts on implementation:

[1] Whether this concern is fair or not, it is a recurring theme throughout the ISQ Winter 2013 issue on the topic, “Evolution of Bibliographic data exchange.” Those who are interested in BIBFRAME and wish to hear an international perspective (from national libraries that already have experience implementing library/archives linked data) may want to read the whole issue.

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Getting social? RDA Resources on Pinterest

Do you like browsing for information via Pinterest? A group (which individuals may request to join) is managing a Resource Description & Access (RDA) social media board on Pinterest. There don’t seem to be many people contributing to the board yet, so most of the content originates from one or two websites/blogs.

I wonder whether the visual-bias of Pinterest is well-suited for revealing discussions about RDA, in which content is typically delivered textually. Discussion of RDA–and our knowledge of information organization in general–may be enriched by visualizations that help contextualize the use of this content standard within the broader metadata landscape.

Flow chart with the title, Resource Description & Access: a primerVisual created with, a free tool that is pretty fun to use and doesn’t demand a lot of info when creating a user account (just a username and password).

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