The 71st IFLA General Conference and Council is wrapping up in Oslo today. I looked over the program of events, and saw only one mention of FRBR: FRAR: Extending FRBR Concepts to Authority Data (278 KB PDF), a talk given yesterday by Glenn Patton, who’s the chair of the working group that’s behind FRAR. (He announced a draft release of their work a couple of weeks ago.)
The PDF linked above has both the slides and text from his talk and explains everything about where FRAR comes from, where it’s at, and where it’s going. For example, and this follows up on the last post:
We have also defined a list of User Tasks. These are related to the FRBR user tasks but are specific to what catalogers do in working with authority data. The first three tasks relate to both groups of users [cataloguers and library users] while the fourth task relates solely to the first group of users [cataloguers].
Find: Find an entity or set of entities corresponding to stated criteria (i.e., to find either a single entity or a set of entities using an attribute or relationship of the entity as the search criteria).
Identify: Identify an entity (i.e., to confirm that the entity represented corresponds to the entity sought, to distinguish between two or more entities with similar
Contextualize: Place a person, corporate body, work, etc. in context; clarify the relationship between two or more persons, corporate bodies, works, etc.; or clarify the relationship between a person, corporate body, etc. and a name by which that person, corporate body, etc. is known.
Justify: Document the authority record creator’s reason for choosing the name or form of name on which an access point is based.
I’ll be tracking all of the FRAR developments here too, and if a group is formed to apply the same model to subject headings, I’ll follow that too.