Thank you for your suggestions.  Although we don't expect to develop any tools or software within this project, we do hope to help develop a comprehensive list of those prototypes and prioritize what types of tools might be useful to be developed and/or improved.  

You touch on one critical element of this challenge this transition will face.  One expected work streams within this project will be to identify the economic drivers within our environment must be addressed.  Bibliographic management systems are complex computer systems that require tremendous resource investment either for the companies that develop them or for the library institutions that are their implementers.  If there is going to be adoption of any new bibliographic future, that future must provide the community with either significantly cheaper development costs, drastically lower management costs, significantly better discovery or improved management services. 

Although we don't expect to develop any tools or software within this project, we do hope to help prioritize what types of prototypes and tools might be useful to be created.  

We have invited the participation of Zepheira and hope that they chose to engage. 

I hope you can join in the call on Thursday. 

Todd Carpenter

On Jan 15, 2013, at 8:42 AM, Bernhard Eversberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Am 15.01.2013 13:36, schrieb Todd Carpenter:
>> ...  The end result of
>> this work will be a report that will identify exchange points where
>> standards development is needed, and document suggested areas where
>> functionality testing should be performed.  It should help pinpoint
>> at a high level the development priorities and coordination points
>> needed over the next 24-36 months.
> Very briefly:
> Most helpful might be the development of a prototype for metadata
> entry and editing. For right now, those who will actually have to do
> the jobs (formerly called "catalogers", and who cannot in a short or
> medium term all be replaced by latter-day staff having been brought up
> on all the new technologies) are most of them thoroughly perplexed
> and in the dark about what they will be expected to learn and do.
> In my minority (?) view, the brave new world will have a chance
> only if there will be a demonstrably more efficient and elegant
> way of entering and editing data, surpassing the familiar MARC
> data entry screen and carrying the potential of becoming as
> widespread and universal as the latter because knowledge transfer
> from one application to any other is one of the biggest benefits from MARC's omnipresence.
> At the same time, only an easily learnable and swiftly operable
> data interface will be able to convince "other communities" to
> jump the BIBFRAME bandwagon.
> (Is there any formal involvement with Zepheira?)
> B.Eversberg