Call for Papers

Cataloguing Section

Modeling Bibliographic Information for a Web of Data: Challenges and Achievements


IFLA Cataloguing Section invites you to submit a proposal for the open session of IFLA’s Cataloguing Section at the 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly to be held in Cape Town South Africa 15-21 August 2015.

The session will start with an invited presentation A basic introduction to FRBRoo and PRESSoo, which will be followed by a selection of presentations of papers. Also some time will be left out for free discussion with the audience.

Although the planning team is interested in a broad range of concepts, preference will be given to papers that reflect one or more of the following themes:

  1. FRBR and complex materials such as aggregates and continuing resources: How well does the model deal with them?
  2. FRBR beyond libraries: Is the model relevant for museums and archives as well?
  3. The consolidation process of FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD: How far can it impact cataloguing rules?
  4. FRBRization of library catalogues: Achievements and challenges
  5. FRBROO: How to implement it? Does it really pave the way for populating the Web of Data with bibliographic information?
  6. Data models based on FRBR/FRBROO: What choices are being/should be done? How to transform FRBROO into a usable ontology with Semantic Web technologies? Should we fear a possible “Babel effect?”
  7. PRESSOO: Does it solve all the trouble with continuing resources?


  1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract in English (400 words) and author details is 31. January 2015. Selection of papers is based on the abstract, and authors will be notified whether they have been successful by 1. March 2015.
  2. The full paper is due on 1. May 2015 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers presented must be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license; authors of submitted papers have to sign IFLA’s Author Form which formalises this. All papers presented will be made available through IFLA library in advance.
  3. A final version of the paper, incorporating new insights gained during the presentation can be submitted for publication shortly after the conference.
  4. To provide for dynamic content both abstract and full text papers should be submitted in a Word file by e-mail.
  5.  Each abstract will be reviewed by a programme committee appointed by the Cataloguing Sections Standing Committee. The planning team reserves the right to ask applicants to make small adjustments to the shape of their papers to support the needs of the program.
  6. Papers should be between 3 and 20 pages, double spaced and include an abstract as well as an appendix with practical recommendations derived from the paper.
  7. Papers should be in an official IFLA language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish).
  8. Approximately 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. The presentation shall be made in an official IFLA language but the presenter doesn’t need to be the author.
  9. The author(s) should indicate his/her personal full contact details and a brief biographical note (no more than 50 words) when submitting the abstract. When submitting the full paper, include information about who will be presenting the paper and in which language.

Please send your abstract by 31. January 2015 to:

Hanne Hørl Hansen

Chair of the IFLA Cataloguing Section


Important Dates:

Submission of the abstract:

31 January 2015

Notification to authors:

1 March 2015

Submission of full papers:

1 May 2015


All proposals must be in before 31 January 2015.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 19 January 2015