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BIBFRAME and Linked Data - A Primer: Overview

This guide is for you if you seek basic and digestible information on BIBFRAME and linked data and how it will impact the library cataloging world. New resources will be added as we discover them.

BIBFRAME & Linked Data 2016-2017 UPDATES

Projects & Implementations

Authorities & Vocabularies:

Library of Congress

NCSU Organization Name Linked Data

Person Entity Lookup Pilot - OCLC & Seven Libraries:

  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Library of Congress 
  • National Library of Medicine
  • National Library of Poland
  • Stanford University 
  • University of California, Davis

Visual Resources Association (VRA) Ontology

Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)

KB - Knowledge Bases:

NC State: GOKb - serials management


BIBFLOW - UC, Davis & Zepheira
Workflow analysis

Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L)
Linked Data for Production (LD4L)

A project that builds on BIBFRAME:

Collaborative effort between six institutions
Columbia Library of Congress
Cornell Princeton
Harvard Stanford University


Demos & Tools:


  • British Library
  • Deutsche National Bibliotek DNB
  • George Washington University Library
  • Library of Congress
  • National Library of Medicine
  • OCLC
  • Princeton Library 

BIBFRAME.ORG - tools to play with

Try transforming a MARC record to BIBFRAME


Zepheira's Linked Data & BIBFRAME Training for Libraries


BIBFRAME is the bibliographic framework initiative headed by Library of Congress as an eventual replacement for MARC.

BIBFRAME is created with the idea of allowing data to break free from the “silo” environment of the MARC record and onto the web.

What is linked data?

Linked data is the framework behind the semantic web. Semantic web recognizes relationships between data.

Semantic framework:  Subject -- Predicate -- Object
Example:  Tom Sawyer -- was written by -- Mark Twain


These relationships are known as “triples”

The web can recognize these relationships between data based on the foundation of the web specific standards XML and RDF (Resource Description Framework)

RDF labels data and allows machines to recognize relationships between data


The four rules for the Semantic Web

1. Use URIs as names for things

2. Use HTTP URIs so that people can look up those names

3. When someone looks up a URI, provide useful information, using the standards (RDF, SPARQL)

4. Include links to other URIs to aid the discovery of more things

Example: Tom Sawyer was written by Mark Twain







Professor | Coordinator of Bibliographic Services

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Beth Cramer
Belk Library and Information Commons

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Assistant Professor | Metadata Librarian

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Andrea Leonard
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