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First Report from the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative

The Library of Congress has released, Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services, the first report based on the work of the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative.  For those of you who may not be following this initiative it’s the beginning of the “effort to translate MARC 21 to a Linked Data (LD) model.”

I thought this comment about RDA and FRBR was noteworthy:

The RDA and FRBR efforts have been one of the key contributions in re-focusing cataloging efforts from ‘strings to things’ and in providing a set of base line functional requirements for supporting the future of cataloging. The holistic approach to retrieval and access as defined by the FRBR work has been a guiding principal to the model proposed in this document.”

The report is relatively short and gives a good overview of the current state of cataloguing complete with some thoughts on how we might start thinking about a linked data future.

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