A press release yesterday revealed the next big step for the Library of Congress’ Bibliographic Framework Initiative (i.e., the ‘let’s replace MARC’ initiative):
The Library of Congress has asked Zepheira to provide a model (or models) that can serve as a strong starting point for discussion, and an analysis of related initiatives underway that will be useful to this effort. LC expects that the proposed model(s) will change and be further tuned based on valuable feedback from the community and a natural progression of requirements as they are addressed. The initial model(s) will serve as a basis for work focused on a demonstration system/service which will then, in turn, be used to further refine the model(s). The expectation is that such iterative feedback loops will eventually ensure a flexible bibliographic framework, a robust reference code, a supporting infrastructure for deployment, and an effective migration plan to support the community in making a transition from MARC to a new framework.
Last year, the Library of Congress partnered with Zepheira to produce Viewshare, a platform that delivers timelines, tag clouds, interactive maps, and other web products for digital heritage collections