This is the second in a two-part series on how libraries might start thinking ahead for BIBFRAME, a standard that is being developed to replace MARC. Much has happened since we last talked about BIBFRAME in October. The website underwent a reorganization, a BIBFRAME editor (for “record” input) was previewed at ALA Midwinter, early implementers are beginning to report on their experiences thus far, and the BIBFRAME Vocabulary and BIBFRAME Authorities specifications were published (note: all of the BIBFRAME documents should be considered to be in “draft” status).
Comments from the community seem to be swaying away from the “this new model is too extreme to accommodate the granularity of our current data” view to “this new model is too conservative to carry our data into the semantic web” view. The concern that the architects of BIBFRAME are seeking to replace MARC rather than remodel bibliographic data in a way that utilizes modern web technologies (particularly in the areas of data exchange) is becoming more pervasive. Now seems to be a great time to discuss a remodel of our data. Does the scope of our data remodel require applying a new coat of paint or demolishing the whole structure and rebuilding from the foundation? How might we use new technologies to meet the fundamental principles of information discovery (and reuse)? All are welcome to participate!
DATE: Tuesday, April 15
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Prepping for BIBFRAME: It’s Time for a Remodel!
RESOURCES YOU MIGHT CONSULT
Good places to start in the new(ish) BIBFRAME documentation (even if you only skim):
- Overview of the BIBFRAME Vocabulary. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/bibframe/docs/vocab-category.html
- BIBFRAME Vocabulary (Category view). Retrieved from http://bibframe.org/vocab-category/
Early thoughts on implementation:
- Miller, E. (2014 January 26). An introduction to BIBFRAME profiles and supporting editors [recorded presentation] from the Library of Congress BIBFRAME Update Forum, ALA Midwinter 2014. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/bibframe/media/updateforum-jan26-2014.html
Shieh, J. (2013). A transformative opportunity: BIBFRAME at the George Washington University, an Early Experimenter. Information Standards Quarterly, 25(4): 17-21. Retrieved from http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2013/v25no4/shieh/
 Whether this concern is fair or not, it is a recurring theme throughout the ISQ Winter 2013 issue on the topic, “Evolution of Bibliographic data exchange.” Those who are interested in BIBFRAME and wish to hear an international perspective (from national libraries that already have experience implementing library/archives linked data) may want to read the whole issue.