This looks to be an important development that could have significant 
impact on library data. Will there be a way for those of us who are 
interested to follow your work? I am hoping that documents and software 
will be made public, and that some discussion will take place.

Thank you,

On 11/21/14 12:40 PM, Fallgren, Nancy (NIH/NLM) [E] wrote:
> The National Library of Medicine (“NLM”) has been collaborating with 
> Library of Congress (“LC”) on BIBFRAME development and experimentation 
> from the Early Experimenters to the current Implementers.  The 
> original goal of BIBFRAME (based on recommendations from the Working 
> Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control and the U.S. RDA Test 
> Coordinating Committee) was to develop a data sharing standard to 
> replace MARC that is web-based, flexible, and extensible beyond the 
> traditional library cataloging community (i.e., rule agnostic). 
> However, as NLM has experimented with BIBFRAME over the past several 
> years, we are increasingly concerned that the vocabulary development, 
> in attempting to become sufficiently aligned with traditional 
> bibliographic cataloging, may hinder meeting all of BIBFRAME’s goals, 
> particularly those of flexibility and extensibility.
> As a result of this concern, NLM has decided to take a step back from 
> the current experimental vocabulary produced by LC to experiment with 
> a more ‘modular’ approach to BIBFRAME.  Among the BIBFRAME Early 
> Experimenters, the idea of a modular approach to BIBFRAME was briefly 
> promulgated in which we would have a core BIBFRAME vocabulary that was 
> generic enough to be shareable by the entire cultural heritage 
> community.  It was proposed that such a core BIBFRAME vocabulary could 
> be extended with existing descriptive schemes developed by the various 
> sectors of the cultural heritage community, i.e., descriptive schemes 
> developed by those with expertise in the resources being described.  
> In this model, as a descriptive scheme changes or evolves or is 
> replaced, that extension to BIBFRAME can change accordingly, and, 
> while mapping to the BIBFRAME core vocabulary may also need adjusting, 
> the core vocabulary itself should not be heavily impacted, if at all.
> This is the model (which we’ve characterized as ‘modular’ but might be 
> considered a schema-defined profile in BIBFRAME-speak) that NLM 
> intends to experiment with.  We believe that a successful proof of 
> concept will demonstrate a BIBFRAME model and vocabulary that can meet 
> all of BIBFRAME’s original goals.  We intend to draft a core BIBFRAME 
> vocabulary for experimentation (we fully understand that a workable 
> core vocabulary will require collaboration from many communities, but 
> we need to start with something) and extend it with RDA (using the RDA 
> Registry Elements) and an NLM vocabulary for local data.  Our 
> intention is to focus on generating new data in this model, but we 
> will also experiment with conversion of legacy data.
> NLM continues to work cooperatively with LC on BIBFRAME development 
> and intends to meet regularly with LC to share our findings as we each 
> run parallel experimentation in 2015.
> On behalf of NLM’s BIBFRAME Experimentation Team
> -Nancy Fallgren
> Nancy J. Fallgren
> Metadata Specialist Librarian
> Cataloging and Metadata Management Section
> Technical Services Division
> National Library of Medicine
> 8600 Rockville Pike, Bldg 38
> Bethesda, MD 20894
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