Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD): Final Report

Approved by the Standing Committee of the Classification and Indexing Section, June 2010.

The report was published as volume 43 in the IFLA Series on Bibliographic Control in 2011.


Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD): Draft Report

The IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) was established in April 2005 by the Classification and Indexing Section.  A draft report was sent for worldwide review in the summer of 2009. The draft is available along with other background materials.

Terms of Reference

  • Build a conceptual model of Group 3 entities within the FRBR framework as they relate to the aboutness of works (Entities in Group 1 and Group 2 can be used as the subjects of works but further inclusion of them will depend on the outcomes of the work of the FRANAR Working Group),
  • provide a clearly defined, structured frame of reference for relating the data that are recorded in subject authority records to the needs of the users of those records, and
  • assist in an assessment of the potential for international sharing and use of subject authority data both within the library sector and beyond.


Committee Reports



Marcia Lei Zeng


Maja Žumer
Athena Salaba