13 March 2017

New IFLA Standard: Definition of FRBRoo: A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information in Object-Oriented Formalism

By Joanne Yeomans

The Committee on Standards is pleased to announce the publication of the Definition of FRBROO: A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information in Object-Oriented Formalism.

FRBROO is an ontology or high-level conceptual model for bibliographic data. The model is closely related to IFLA’s FRBR family of conceptual models; it is the object-oriented version of these models. FRBROO version 1 was based on FRBR alone, while FRBROO version 2 is based on the three models: FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD.

FRBROO is the result of dialogue between the conceptual modelling communities of IFLA and the International Council of Museums (ICOM). While the library community was developing the original FRBR entity-relationship model, the museum community was developing its own conceptual model for museum data: the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model, or CIDOC CRM. FRBROO was prepared by the Working Group on FRBR/CRM Dialogue (which is also referred to as: International Working Group on FRBR and CIDOC CRM Harmonisation). The Working Group is affiliated with the IFLA FRBR Review Group and works in consultation with the IFLA FRBR Review Group and with the ICOM CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group. The Working Group has both IFLA and ICOM members.

FRBROO version 2.4 was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in December 2016.  

Committee on Standards, IFLA standards, FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), FRBRoo, Object-Oriented FRBR, FRAD; FRSAD, conceptual models, CIDOC CRM

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