About the FRBR Review Group

Organisation and reporting

The FRBR Review Group reports to the IFLA Cataloguing Section. All reports are posted on the IFLA website.

Members of the FRBR Review Group are elected by members of the Cataloguing Section Standing Committee. There cannot be less than 8, nor more than 10 members. The chair is appointed for a two-year term from among the members by the chair of the Cataloguing Section. A regular term of service lasts 4 years, with one renewal allowed, and can be restricted to 2 years or extended beyond 8 years under certain circumstances.

Terms of reference

The current terms of reference were adopted in 2009:

  • Review and maintain IFLA's FRBR family of conceptual models on an ongoing basis, developing revisions when needed;
  • Develop and make available guidelines and interpretative documents to assist those applying the models;
  • Promote the models and encourage their use in all appropriate information organising communities and maintain links with relevant groups both within IFLA and in other communities.

In addition, members of the FRBR Review Group maintain liaison with other relevant IFLA sections (particularly Bibliography, Classification and Indexing), with UNIMARC, and the ISBD Review Group.

Working groups

The Review Group is entitled to appoint specific working groups as needed for special assignments, with approval of the Cataloguing Section's Standing Committee. Working groups are generally created for two-year terms which may be renewed. Members and chairs of working groups do not have to be members of the Review Group, although at least one Review Group member will serve on each working group.

The current working group is:

  • Working Group on FRBR/CRM Dialogue
    Established: 2003
    Co-chair for IFLA: Patrick LeBoeuf;
    Co-chair for CIDOC: Martin Doerr
    Tasks: in cooperation with the CIDOC CRM SIG, prepare an object-oriented formulation of FRBR (FRBRoo) which is a compatible extension of the CRM conceptual reference model.

Reports of working groups that are no longer active may be found on the Review Group's report page.

Current projects

  • FRBR Namespace Project
    Established: 2007
    Lead consultant: Gordon Dunsire
    Task: To define appropriate namespaces for FRBR in RDF and other appropriate syntaxes
    Namespace Report, July 2008

Historical background

In 1997 the Standing Committee of the IFLA Section on Cataloguing approved the FRBR model. In 2002 the IFLA Cataloguing Section formed a Working Group on FRBR in order to provide a focal point within IFLA for the ongoing support and development of the conceptual model and to encourage the use of FRBR as a reference model for the bibliographic universe.  The working group created the FRBR electronic discussion list, compiled the first edition of the FRBR bibliography, and launched the present Web site.

In 2003 the Working Group was transformed into the FRBR Review Group. During 2003-2004 a Working Group on Continuing Resources worked on issues stemming from the application of the FRBR model to continuing resources; after the group disbanded, these issues were referred to the Working Group on Aggregates formed in 2005.

FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records)

Last update: 1 April 2014