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:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">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.


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

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
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*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.


On 02.03.2016 Pat Riva wrote:

    You are invited to comment onFRBR-LRM
    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
    <>) 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
    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


    +1-514-848-2424 ext. 5255

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