Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) Publishes “A Plain-Language Description of BIBFRAME and its Potential Impact on Canadian Libraries”
For more than 15 years, there has been discussion within the global cataloguing community regarding the MARC record format, as well as increasing determination to replace MARC with a data model and vocabulary that can better accommodate description standards such as RDA (Resource Description and Access).
The Bibliographic Framework Initiative (BIBFRAME) is an initiative by the Library of Congress and international library community to replace MARC. To make bibliographic information more useful within and outside of the library community, BIBFRAME describes bibliographic resources using a linked data model. Linked data uses unique links that machines can understand to identify entities (including people, places, things, concepts) and relationships. When a machine looks up a link, it can retrieve not only properties such as what kind of entity (for example, a person, book, subject) the link describes, but the relationships between that entity and other entities.
Note: This resource was written by the BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force: A Joint Project of the CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee and Fédération Des Milieux Documentaries (FMD):
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