A weblog following developments around the world in FRBR: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records.

Maintained by William Denton, Web Librarian at York University. Suggestions and comments welcome at wtd@pobox.com.


Confused? Try What Is FRBR? (2.8 MB PDF) by Barbara Tillett, or Jenn Riley's introduction. For more, see the basic reading list.

Books: FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed by Robert Maxwell (ISBN 9780838909508) and Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools edited by Arlene Taylor (ISBN 9781591585091) (read my chapter FRBR and the History of Cataloging).

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Catching up

Posted by: William Denton, 9 July 2008 7:09 am
Categories: Blog Mentions

Hi. I haven’t posted for a while so I’ll catch up on some stuff and keep on catching up. Seems like a fair bit of FRBRy stuff happened over the last three weeks. Where was I? At the One Big Library Unconference, which went well, and then enjoying Canada Day, reading a lot, and watching Doctor Who. (If a full FRBRization of Harry Potter is big, imagine FRBRizing Doctor Who!) So here are a few things.

RDA got delayed, but you knew that. I’ll round up some posts about that in a day or two.

I saw a demo of Aquabrowser yesterday, and FRBR wasn’t mentioned, but the sales fellow had this up on the screen: FRBR: A Practical Case in the Flemish Central Catalogue (6.2 MB PPT), a presentation given by Rosemie Callewaert at the European Library Automation Group’s conference in April 2008. There’s a link in there that says you should check out their work at www.bibliotheek.be (which uses Aquabrowser, so that’s why the guy had it ready). If you go there and search for harry potter, you will see that Harry Potter en de Geheime Kamer (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) has “16 edities in 3 talen (tussen 1998 en 2007).” They’ve brought together various paperback and hardcover editions in different languages as well as an audiobook on CD.

On a lighter note, Jenn Riley ran the FRBR report through Wordle and made a pretty word cloud.

FRBR for Serials, Part 2 (Electric Boogaloo), a blog post from the Serials Librarian about what CONSER is doing FRBR-wise.

xISBN is probably old news to you. xISSN is OCLC’s new addition to their FRBRy web services: “Submit an ISSN to this service, and it returns a list of related ISSNs and selected metadata.” (An ISSN is an International Standard Serial Number.) Lorcan Dempsey’s xISSN and Title History Tool has more. The xISSN Title History Visualization Tool is neat.


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  1. Moderately related to xISSN is the “Linking ISSN” (ISSN-L) identifier that came about as part of the ISSN standard revision that was approved last year. I talk a little bit about it in a post on my blog, DLTJ.

    Comment by Peter Murray — 9 July 2008 @ 9:08 am

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