Friday, June 29, 2007

RDA Drafts

An announcement about Resource Description and Access.
  • Revised draft of Chapter 6-7

    The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is pleased to announce that a revised draft of RDA part A, chapters 6-7 has been made available for comment. Please see the following Web page for the draft and details on making comments:

  • Revised RDA scope document

    For information, the RDA Scope and structure document has been revised and now has two accompanying documents, an RDA element analysis and an RDA to FRBR mapping.

    The JSC is committed to ensuring that the metadata produced using RDA will be well-formed, i.e., instructions are provided on how to record the values of elements, controlled vocabularies are used where appropriate, and the overall structure is governed by a formal model.

    These documents have been issued for the JSC and Editor to refer to, in the process of developing RDA, to ensure this aim is met. In addition, we hope that these documents will be useful to the metadata and semantic web communities and in our ongoing discussions with these communities.
  • Thursday, June 28, 2007

    Union Bugs

    At the John Edwards rally last night I noticed the sign had a union bug in the lower corner. We might consider adding information about and from these bugs to the bibliographic record. Proposal for Inclusion of Union Label Description In Bibliographic and Archival Cataloging Guidelines is a paper on the topic.
    Data are like drops of water. Individually, they are usually quite meaningless. Only once they are organized, with purpose, do they take on significance. This proposal seeks to rectify the oversight by catalogers to include information about a small but important item of published data - the union label, or "bug".

    Wednesday, June 27, 2007

    Dublin Core Survey

    Resoum Kidane of Bibliographic Services at King’s College London is conducting a survey on DC use.
    I am currently conducting a survey concerning the use of Dublin Core (DC) and MARC amongst cataloguers and other information professionals. The main aim of this research is to obtain a perception from cataloguers and other information professionals, concerning the future trends of cataloguing. As the future of MARC becomes the subject of debate amongst information professionals, there is a possibility that DC will replace MARC for cataloguing both digital and print documents.

    Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    FRBR/CIDOC CRM Harmonization

    The Working Group on FRBR/CIDOC CRM Harmonization now has its Web page on IFLANET. The current draft of the object-oriented version of FRBR, nicknamed "FRBRoo", and consolidated minutes of the WG's meetings are also available there.
    Tasks: in cooperation with the CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group, prepare an object-oriented formulation of FRBR (FRBRoo) that is a compatible extension of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM).


    CIDOC CRM is the conceptual reference model for museum information, expressed in object-oriented formalism. Originally developed by the International Committee for Documentation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM CIDOC), it has now become an ISO standard (ISO 21127:2006).