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Model View BIBFRAME Vocabulary

Using the BIBFRAME model as a starting point, enter the vocabulary through the major framing classes, drilling down into associated properties. Each class view includes properties inherited from Resource, any parent class, specific properties for the class, as well as additional specific subclasses. Each class and property is presented on its own page in table form. When viewing tables, column headings can be selected to resort the information in that column.


In translating the MARC 21 format to a Linked Data model it is important to deconstruct and then reconstruct the informational assets that comprise MARC. The BIBFRAME Model consists of the following core classes:

These Information Resources can then be re-assembled into a coherent architecture that allows for cooperative cataloging at a far more granular level than before. Then, as we leverage the Web as an architecture for data, whenever updates to these Resources are performed (e.g. someone adds new information about a Person, new mappings related to a Subject, etc.) notification events can occur to automatically update systems that reference these Resources. Further, these information assets can now be more effectively utilized at a granular level and provide a richer substrate in which local collections, special collections and third party data can easily annotate and contextualize cooperative library content.

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Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services [PDF, 2.91 MB] (November 21, 2012)
This document and model were developed under contract from the Library of Congress by a team from Zepheira composed of Eric Miller, Uche Ogbuji, Victoria Mueller, and Kathy MacDougall.