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IFLA in RDF (and RDA)

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Lightning talk by Gordon Dunsire at the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap meeting, Baltimore, April 15, 2013

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IFLA in RDF (and RDA)

  1. 1. IFLA in RDF (+ RDA) Gordon DunsireChair, IFLA Namespaces Technical Group; Chair-Elect, JSC/RDA
  2. 2. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions• Maintaining bibliographic standards for over 40 years – International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) • Bibliographic description content standard – UNIMARC (ISO 2709) • Record format (Bibliographic, Authorities) – Functional Requirements family • FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD • Conceptual models based on user tasks – Multilingual Dictionary of Cataloguing (MulDiCat) • 26 languages for multilingual cataloguing environment
  3. 3. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions• Universal Bibliographic Control (UBC) – Used world-wide• RDF representations developed since 2009• Open Metadata Registry used for RDF element sets and value vocabularies
  4. 4. Current status of vocabulariesStandard Element sets Value vocabs Status MapsFRBRer  Complete RDA*FRBRoo  Complete CIDOC CRMFRAD  CompleteFRSAD  CompleteFR consolidated  Ongoing FR family*ISBD   (0-10) Complete UNIMARC*, RDA*UNIMARC   (10-100) Just started ISBD*MulDiCat  (0-10) Ongoing IFLA standards*RDA   (10-100) Ongoing FRBR*, ISBD*, MARC 21[MARC 21]   (10-100) Ongoing *****
  5. 5. Issues• Maps based on “alignments” – Often kinda-sameAs – Mostly out-of-date• Synchronization between “the Standard” and the RDF representation – Contextual documentation vs encapsulated semantics – Expense?• Protocols between different maintenance organizations difficult to develop

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