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June 29, 2007

A couple of FRBR-related items

Via a post by William Denton on the FRBR Blog, I see that the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA has released a mapping of the RDA elements to FRBR (see also the other two documents which William highlights). This would seem to be a significant contribution to the work that was planned at the RDA Data Model Meeting held in London at the start of May, which Andy reported here.

Also this week, I came across a note by David Bigwood from Catalogablog (edit: now also posted on the FRBR Blog!) pointing to work on harmonising the FRBR model and the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC CRM), an object-oriented model which, broadly speaking, I think aims to fulfil a similar role to FRBR within the cultural heritage domain. In the context of the Web, where resources are used and described by members of different communities with different "worldviews", reflected in models like FRBR and the CRM, the ability to "merge" or at least "map" those different "worldviews" is of considerable importance. I haven't looked at the FRBR-CRM work in detail at all, I hasten to add, but the stated aim of producing something which can 'be "plugged" into CIDOC CRM in order to result in an overall conceptual model for bibliographic and museum information' sounds exciting.


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