3.2 User tasks

Find To search on any relevant criteria in order to bring together information about one or more resources of interest

Identify To clearly understand the nature of the resources found and to distinguish between similar resources

Select To determine the suitability of the resources found and to choose (by accepting or by rejecting) specific resources

Obtain To access the content of the resource

Explore To use the relationships between one resource and another to place them in a context

(p. 9-10)


3.1 User population considered

“The data may be used by readers, students, researchers and other types of end-users, by library staff, by other actors in the information chain, including publishers, distributors, vendors, etc.” p. 8

Conceptual model (2.2)

“The conceptual model as declared in the FRBR-LRM is a high-level conceptual model and as such is intended as a guide or basis on which to elaborate cataloguing rules and implement bibliographic systems. The FRBR-LRM is not intended to be implemented directly as it stands.” p.5

“Most of the attributes and relationships declared are not mandatory for implementation. Should some of them be omitted as unneeded in a particular application, the resulting system can still be considered an implementation of FRBR-LRM.” p. 6

“The FRBR-LRM provides a number of mechanisms that permit the expansions that are likely to be needed in any actual implementation. Category attributes are defined for many entities, permitting implementations to create those sub-types of the entities that might be useful. Additional specialized attributes can be added for any or all entities, following the patterns provided, to cover, for example, particular resource types or to provide more details about agents.” p. 6

Scope and objectives (2.1)

“The FRBR-Library Reference Model aims to be a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modeling framework. The model covers bibliographic data as understood in a broad, general sense.”

“The model aims to uncover general principles behind the logical structure of bibliographic information, without making any presuppositions about how that data might be stored in any particular system or application. As a result, the model does not make a distinction between data traditionally stored in bibliographic or holdings records and data traditionally stored in name or subject authority records. For the purposes of the model, all of this data is included under the term bibliographic information and all such data is within the scope of the model.” p. 5

World-wide review of the FRBR-Library Reference Model, a consolidation of the FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD conceptual models

The library community has until May 1, 2016 to submit comments on the FRBR Library Reference Model (FRBR-LRM) Please post your comments below and we’ll make sure they get to the FRBR Review Group.

Here is the site to the official post soliciting feedback on FRBR-LRM.

Here is the document introducing FRBR-LRM.

Here is the document on the transition mapping.

If you want to email your comments directly to the FRBR review group, you can do that. Send you comment directly to Chris Oliver (christine.oliver@uottawa.ca), Chair of the FRBR Review Group by May 1, 2016. But remember, if you send your comment to the Review Group who knows if it will ever be seen again! If you post it here — there will be a public record and discourse.


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