Title

Introducing FRSAD and Mapping it With SKOS and Other Models

Publication Title

International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control

Publication Date

8-2009

Document Type

Article

Keywords

FRSAD, mapping, SKOS, models

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) Working Group was formed in 2005 as the third IFLA working group of the FRBR family to address subject authority data issues and to investigate the direct and indirect uses of subject authority data by a wide range of users. This paper introduces the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD), the model developed by the FRSAR Working Group, and discusses it in the context of other related conceptual models defined in the specifications during recent years, including the British Standard BS8723-5: Structured vocabularies for information retrieval – Guide Part 5: Exchange formats and protocols for interoperability, W3C's SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference, and OWL Web Ontology Language Reference. These models enable the consideration of the functions of subject authority data and concept schemes at a higher level that is independent of any implementation, system, or specific context, while allowing us to focus on the semantics, structures, and interoperability of subject authority data. 2 Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records (FRSAR) Working Group (WG) is the third IFLA working group of the FRBR family. Formed in April 2005, it is charged with the task of developing a conceptual model of FRBR Group 3 entities within the FRBR framework as they relate to the “aboutness” of works. This paper introduces the Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD), the model developed by the FRSAR WG, and discusses it in the context of other related conceptual models developed along with the movement of the Linked Data for the Semantic Web during recent years.

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