FRSAD is an addition to the FRBR family of conceptual models addressing subject authority data issues. It provides a framework for a commonly shared understanding of what the subject authority data provides information about. 

The role of the FRSAR Working Group was defined in the following terms of reference:  

  • To build a conceptual model of Group 3 entities within the FRBR framework as they relate to the ‘aboutness’ of works; 
  • To 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 that data;  
  • To assist in an assessment of the potential for international sharing and use of subject authority data both within the library sector and beyond.  

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