22 August 2017

From the Annual Conference

New IFLA Standards in 2017

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IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM)IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM)

Just endorsed by the Professional Committee, the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM) is now available on the IFLA website.

IFLA LRM is a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. It is the consolidation of the separately developed IFLA conceptual models: FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD.

IFLA LRM was developed to resolve inconsistencies between the three separate models. Every user task, entity, attribute and relationship from the original three models was examined, definitions had to be revised, but also some remodeling was required in order to develop a meaningful consolidation. The result is a single, streamlined, and logically consistent model that covers all aspects of bibliographic data and that at the same time brings the modelling up-to-date with current conceptual modelling practices.

IFLA LRM was designed to be used in linked data environments and to support and promote the use of bibliographic data in linked data environments.

Definition of PRESSooDefinition of PRESSoo: A conceptual model for Bibliographic Information Pertaining to Serials and Other Continuing Resources

Released earlier this year, PRESSOO is a formal ontology designed to represent the bibliographic information about continuing resources, and more specifically about serials (journals, newspapers, magazines, etc.). It is an extension of the FRBROOmodel (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records – Object Oriented). FRBROO is in turn is an extension of CIDOC CRM, the conceptual reference model for cultural heritage information.

PRESSOO aims to propose answers to long standing issues with the application of the FRBR family of models to serials and continuing resources.

The Definition of PRESSOO was approved by the IFLA Committee on Standards and then endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee at its meeting in March 2017.

Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP) 2016Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP) 2016

More than fifty years after the original Statement of Principles – commonly known as the “Paris Principles” – was approved, IFLA has published the latest revision, the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP) 2016.

This statement builds on the great cataloguing traditions of the world, as well as on the conceptual models in the IFLA Functional Requirements family.

The principles in the statement are intended to guide the development of cataloguing codes and the decisions that cataloguers make. They apply to bibliographic and authority data, and consequently to current library catalogues, bibliographies and other datasets created by libraries. They aim to provide a consistent approach to descriptive and subject cataloguing of bibliographic resources of all kinds.

Definition of FRBRooDefinition of FRBRoo: A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information in Object-Oriented Formalism

Earlier this year, the Committee on Standards also announced the publication of the Definition of FRBROO: A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information in Object-Oriented Formalism.

FRBROO is an ontology or high-level conceptual model for bibliographic data. The model is closely related to IFLA’s FRBR family of conceptual models; it is the object-oriented version of these models. FRBROO version 1 was based on FRBR alone, while FRBROO version 2 is based on the three models: FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD.

Soon to be online

At its meeting on Friday 18 August, the IFLA Professional Committee endorsed as standards:

  • Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness
  • IFLA Guidelines for translations of the IFLA ISBD namespace in RDF

Look for final versions of these IFLA Standards to follow shortly! 

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