9 March 2015

World-wide review of FRBRoo 2.2

By FRBR Review Group and Working Group on FRBR/CRM Dialogue

***This review is closed. The model was updated in response to issues raised during the review (see FRBRoo version 2.4 and Comments on responses to the world-wide review).***

You are invited to comment on FRBRoo 2.2 as part of a world-wide review. Comments are due by April 20, 2015.

FRBROO is an interpretation of the FR family of models using object-oriented methodology. It is not the same as the three existing entity-relationship models, FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD, nor is it the same as the consolidated entity-relationship model currently under development. But the ontology described in FRBROO is based on IFLA’s conceptualization of bibliographic and authority data such as expressed in the FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD entity-relationship models, although it also somewhat deviates from the original models on some points. However, the differences between FRBROO version 2.2 and the FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD models are not sufficient for FRBROO version 2.2 to be regarded as a distinct model, but as a related model.

The original FRBROO version 1 was published in 2009 and was based on FRBR alone. The updated version of FRBROO, version 2.2, is based on all three FR models and it is the version currently under review.

The purpose of developing FRBROO has been to lay the groundwork for data interoperability between the library and the museum communities. As stated in the introduction, “The main goal is to reach a common view of cultural heritage information with respect to modelling, standards, recommendations, and practices.” FRBROO was developed through dialogue between representatives from IFLA and ICOM-CIDOC (International Council for Museums – International Committee on Documentation). The museum and libraries communities each developed their own conceptual models at roughly the same time: FRBR and CIDOC CRM (the conceptual reference model of CIDOC). FRBROO is the result of harmonizing the models of the two communities, extending the scope of CIDOC CRM to bibliographic information and the scope of FRBR/FRAD/FRSAD to cultural information. Its development has been the responsibility of the Working Group on FRBR/CRM Dialogue.

In August 2014, the FRBR Review Group endorsed version 2.0[1] of the FRBROO model (an object-oriented interpretation of the FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD models in the form of an extension of the CIDOC CRM model) as a valid ontology that can be used to express the semantic relationships embedded in descriptions provided by libraries (i.e., bibliographic and authority data) for the entities that make up the “bibliographic universe.” Please see the statement for more details, including a summary of the salient differences between FRBROO and the three entity-relationship models, FRBR/FRAD/FRSAD.

An early version of FRBROO (version 0.9) was approved in principle by the FRBR Review Group in 2008. During the meeting in August 2014, the FRBR Review Group committed to bringing the latest version of FRBROO through the process of world-wide review as a step towards formal approval of this model by IFLA.

Comments will be reviewed by the FRBR Review Group and by the Working Group on FRBR/CRM Dialogue.

Please send all comments to Chris Oliver, Chair of the FRBR Review Group:

Chris Oliver
Head, Resource Description and Metadata Services
University of Ottawa Library
200 Lees Avenue (E-157)
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Fax: +(1)(613) 562 5196
Email : christine.oliver@uottawa.ca


[1] Since August 2014, version 2.0 has been further updated to 2.1 and 2.2. Version 2.2 is the version under review.

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