Monday, November 26, 2012

Bibliographic Framework

LC has released Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services.
The Library of Congress officially launched its Bibliographic Framework Initiative in May 2011. The Initiative aims to re-envision and, in the long run, implement a new bibliographic environment for libraries that makes "the network" central and makes interconnectedness commonplace. Prompted in no small part by the desire to embrace new cataloging norms, it is essential that the library community redevelop its bibliographic data models as part of this Initiative. Toward that objective, this document presents a high-level model for the library community for evaluation and discussion, but it is also important to consider this document within a much broader context, and one that looks well beyond the library community....

The new, proposed model is simply called BIBFRAME, short for Bibliographic Framework.
The new model is more than a mere replacement for the library community's current model/format, MARC. It is the foundation for the future of bibliographic description that happens on, in, and as part of the web and the networked world we live in. It is designed to integrate with and engage in the wider information community while also serving the very specific needs of its maintenance community - libraries and similar memory organizations.

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