December 1, 2015

Just Released: Corrected/Amended Version of Functional Requirements for Authority Data (A Conceptual Framework)

A corrected/amended version of Functional Requirements for Authority Data (A Conceptual Framework) was released yesterday by the IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR).

This document was first published in December, 2008 and approved by the Approved by the Standing Committees of the IFLA Cataloguing Section and IFLA Classification and Indexing Section in March, 2009.

From the Document:

The primary purpose of this conceptual model is to provide a framework for the analysis of functional requirements for the kind of authority data that is required to support authority control and for the international sharing of authority data. The model focuses on data, regardless of how it may be packaged (e.g., in authority records).

More specifically, the conceptual model has been designed to:

  • provide a clearly defined, structured frame of reference for relating the data that are recorded by authority record creators to the needs of the users of that data;
  • assist in an assessment of the potential for international sharing and use of authority data both within the library sector and beyond.
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