Thanks, Pat, from me as well for explaining about the review process.

In addition to Karen's tip about the wordpress comments site (where I've 
already posted a couple of comments myself) I'd like to take the 
opportunity and encourage all constituencies to publish their responses 
about FRBR-LRM on their websites and communicate this via the relevant 
mailing lists.


Karen Coyle wrote:
> Pat, thanks for the more detailed information. I do wish there were a 
> way to get clarifications from the committee, however. For example, 
> I'm curious about the thinking behind the attributes for work and 
> expression; why work has only "category" and expression includes 
> specific attributes for music and maps. And why these expression 
> attributes are present even though section 2.1 says: "... data 
> elements that are viewed as specialized or specific to certain types 
> of resources, are deliberately not represented in the model." I think 
> you can see how one might have questions about this. It's hard to 
> comment if one cannot ask for clarifications, and I've never met a 
> 75-page standards document that couldn't use a few clarifications.
> For those who wish to share and discuss (without having to copy myriad 
> mailing lists), some of us have set up a blog that can take comments 
> on the draft:
> It is a bit awkward, as blogs tend to be, but it at least gives a 
> public place for your ideas. Feel free to add them as comments, and if 
> you need a new section added, let me know or leave a comment to that 
> effect and those of us who are moderating the comments will see it. 
> The site can also serve as a kind of "executive summary" of the LRM, 
> as we've copied salient bits from each section to the blog. Any ideas 
> on how we can improve this are welcome.
> kc
> On 3/29/16 9:25 AM, Pat Riva wrote:
>> Dear Heidrun,
>> The interest in FRBR-LRM evidenced by public discussions is heartening.
>> At the moment we are in a world-wide review period which is an official
>> IFLA stage in the preparation and adoption of an international standard.
>> Each standards-making body has a process which governs the development
>> and adoption of its standards. The IFLA standards process is governed by
>> the Standards Manual (, which requires a
>> world-wide review period to take place after the relevant working groups
>> have determined that the draft is ready for wider dissemination and
>> comment. IFLA adopted the world-wide review process precisely to ensure
>> openness and equal opportunity to participate in standards development
>> world-wide.
>> All responses received by May 1, 2016 according to the instructions in
>> the call for world-wide review (
>> will be considered seriously by the Consolidation Editorial Group and
>> the FRBR Review Group. Any commenters who wish to also send their
>> comments on the public listserv of their choice are free to do so at any
>> time. The Review Group will take the full summer to discuss the
>> comments, assess the different types of comments and directions for
>> change, examine how the ideas impact the model, and come to a consensus
>> about changes and/or responses to the comments.
>> Although the IFLA standards process does not mandate public answers to
>> all issues raised by responses to a world-wide review, the FRBR Review
>> Group did issue responses to the comments received during the world-wide
>> review of FRBRoo held in 2015. The FRBRoo comments and the responses can
>> be consulted at:
>> Regards, Pat
>> Pat Riva
>> Associate University Librarian, Collection Services / Directrice
>> adjointe, Services des collections
>> Libraries / Bibliothèques
>> Concordia University / Université Concordia
>> 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, VL 301-61, Montréal, Québec H4B 1R6
>> +1-514-848-2424, ext. 5255
>> [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>> cid:[log in to unmask]
>> *From:*Heidrun Wiesenmüller [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> *Sent:* March-29-16 3:59 AM
>> *To:* Pat Riva <[log in to unmask]>; [log in to unmask]
>> *Cc:* [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask];
>> Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]>
>> *Subject:* Re: [RDA-L] World-Wide Review of FRBR-Library Reference Model
>> Pat and Chris,
>> Now that some highly interesting discussions about FRBR-LRM have started
>> on the various lists, I must say that I would be very much interested in
>> having a look at the comments which are to be sent to Chris (especially
>> the "official" ones of the various constituencies) - and I suppose I'm
>> not the only one.
>> So may I suggest that these comments be made public in some way or
>> other, perhaps by putting them on the website of the FRBR Review Group?
>> As the revised FRBR model is of such crucial significance for the whole
>> cataloguing community, I think it would be a good thing if the review
>> process could be made as open and transparent as possible.
>> Thanks,
>> Heidrun
>> On 02.03.2016 Pat Riva wrote:
>>     You are invited to comment onFRBR-LRM
>> <>as
>>     part of a world-wide review. Comments are due by*May 1, 2016*.
>>     Please see the files at:
>>     The FRBR-Library Reference Model was developed in response to the
>>     need to unify the three separately developed conceptual models (FRBR
>> <>,FRAD
>> <>,FRSAD
>>     <>) and consolidate them into a single,
>>     consistent model covering all aspects of bibliographic data.
>>     FRBR-LRM aims to be a high-level conceptual reference model
>>     developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. TheFRBR
>>     Review Group <>worked
>>     actively towards a consolidated model starting in 2010. In 2013, the
>>     FRBR Review Group constituted a Consolidation Editorial Group (CEG)
>>     which is responsible for the drafting of this model document.
>>     To assist in the evaluation of the FRBR-Library Reference Model, a
>>     Transition Mapping
>> <>is
>>     being made available as complementary material. The Transition
>>     Mapping begins with a brief overview of the principal differences
>>     between FRBR-LRM and the three preceding models in the FR family.
>>     The Transition Mapping then charts each user task, entity,
>>     attribute, and relationship declared in the FRBR, FRAD, and FRSAD
>>     models and maps to how each is handled in FRBR-LRM. While these
>>     mappings are not a part of the model itself, and do not constitute a
>>     formal IFLA standard, they are made available to aid in the
>>     understanding of the consolidated model and to assist in the
>>     transition of implementations. Comments on the Transition Mapping
>>     are also welcome at this time.
>>     Comments will be reviewed by the FRBR Review Group and by the
>>     Consolidation Editorial Group.
>>     Please send all comments to Chris Oliver
>>     ([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>),
>>     Chair of the FRBR Review Group by *May 1, 2016*.
>>     Pat Riva
>>     Associate University Librarian, Collection Services
>>     Concordia University
>>     Vanier Library (VL-301-61)
>>     7141 Sherbrooke Street West
>>     Montreal, QC H4B 1R6
>>     Canada
>>     +1-514-848-2424 ext. 5255
>>     [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Prof. Heidrun Wiesenmueller M.A.
Stuttgart Media University
Nobelstrasse 10, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany