The Library of Congress is pleased to announce the publication of - a new website for detailed information about the
in-development, draft BIBFRAME vocabulary.    It also includes
demonstrations of the BIBFRAME model from MARC bibliographic records from
all of the experimenters' collections, including the Library of Congress. 
These are displayed in a human-friendly manner with Exhibit3, a light-weight
publishing framework for data.  The source MARC/XML data, resulting BIBFRAME
resources, and Exhibit JSON are available for download.

The website also provides services that permit librarians interested in what
bibliographic resources might look like conforming to the BIBFRAME data
model to view MARC/XML records from the Library of Congress's main database
along side BIBFRAME resources resulting from the most current
transformation.  Another tool allows users to submit their own MARC/XML
records for transformation.  The data resulting from these transformations
are also displayed with Exhibit3 and the resulting data available for download.

It is important to understand that the vocabulary is a draft.  It will
continue to evolve, sometimes rapidly in the coming months.  The code
performing the transformations is also a work in progress.  Users may note
that the names of classes/properties/elements/attributes in the vocabulary
do not match those seen in the BIBFRAME data.  We will be working in the
next couple of weeks to bring the names of
classes/properties/elements/attributes seen in the resulting data into
alignment with the terms found in the vocabulary.

We encourage and want constructive feedback on the vocabulary and data
transformations.  All are invited to join the conversation.  This listserv
is the best place for those discussions.  The vocabulary is designed to get
us started, but, as a community effort, your valuable feedback is essential
(and has been already - thank you).

One last note: the website is also very much a work in progress.   There may
be bugs (errors) with the website - a result of rapid, iterative development
-  and until we can establish a mechanism to report such errors, please feel
free to email Kevin Ford ([log in to unmask]).

Kevin Ford
Network Development and MARC Standards Office
Library of Congress
Washington, DC