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June 2009
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FRSAD draft available, FRAD book published

Posted by: William Denton, 27 June 2009 7:16 am
Categories: FRAD,FRSAR

Seen on David Bigwood’s Catalogablog, quoting something else:

IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR)

Invitation to participate:

Review of “Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) — Draft Report” Available through: http://nkos.slis.kent.edu/FRSAR/index.html or directly from: http://nkos.slis.kent.edu/FRSAR/report090623.pdf (2,800 kb)

Comments deadline: July 31, 2009

FRSAD is the new name for FRSAR, just as FRAD started as FRANAR, Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records. Which you can now hold in your hands, because Functional Requirements for Authority Data is finished and now in book form.

This book represents one portion of the extension and expansion of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. FRBR has been published as Nr 19 in the present Series. It contains a further analysis of attributes of various entities that are the centre of focus for authority data (persons, families, corporate bodies, works, expressions, manifestations, items, concepts, objects, events, and places), the name by which these entities are known, and the controlled access points created by cataloguers for them. The conceptual model describes the attributes of these entities and the relationships between them.

It costs €69.95 or USD $84 for North Americans.

There are no links on IFLA’s site to a downloadable FRAD, and there’s no mention of the FRSAD draft. The FRSAD group is hosting the draft on their own web site. Neither group announced their news on the FRBR mailing list. I’m bewildered. I assume the final FRAD text will be available to download soon. Open access to FRBR was a major contributor to its success.


  1. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for the heads up about the published version of FRAD. I’ve also snooped around the IFLA website and there doesn’t seem to be a downloadable version yet. Hopefully soon.

    Comment by Christine Schwartz — 28 June 2009 @ 4:32 pm
  2. UPDATE: In e-mail sent today, Glenn Patton says “an online version if planned for IFLANET later this calendar year.” That’s good news.

    Comment by William Denton — 29 June 2009 @ 10:52 am
  3. does frsar look like frad?
    i want to servey frsar in my country.
    please guide me

    Comment by sa — 26 December 2009 @ 6:13 am
  4. I still cannot find a downloadable version. Does anyone know if it’s underway?

    Comment by Lars G. Svensson — 12 February 2010 @ 3:16 pm
  5. Still waiting, though it’s supposed to go up on IFLA’s site soon(ish). Don’t know exactly when, though.

    Comment by William Denton — 12 February 2010 @ 3:33 pm
  6. Amazingly, this page:

    Offers a downloadable PDF of the draft *in Spanish or Chinese*, but *not* in English. What are they thinking?

    Comment by Asaf Bartov — 6 March 2010 @ 5:21 pm

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