Bibliographic Framework Initiative (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress > BIBFRAME

bf: BIBFRAMEInitiated by the Library of Congress, BIBFRAME provides a foundation for the future of bibliographic description, both on the web, and in the broader networked world. This site presents general information about the project, including presentations, FAQs, and links to working documents. In addition to being a replacement for MARC, BIBFRAME serves as a general model for expressing and connecting bibliographic data. A major focus of the initiative will be to determine a transition path for the MARC 21 formats while preserving a robust data exchange that has supported resource sharing and cataloging cost savings in recent decades.

Model and Vocabulary (2.0)

The BIBFRAME vocabulary uses a Linked Data model and thus leverages the RDF modeling practice of uniquely identifying as Web resources all entities, attributes, and relationships (i.e., properties) between entities.  In addition to the vocabulary, this section includes specifications, analyses and use cases. Learn more

Implementation, Testing, Tools and Downloads (1.0)

The BIBFRAME Implementation Testbed and Register are established for purposes of encouraging development of BIBFRAME. The tools and downloads include the BIBFRAME Editor (BFE) and tools for creating profiles, search systems and transformations. Learn more


What's New

BIBFRAME Update Forum at ALA -

January 22, 2017
View agenda and presentations

BIBFRAME Pilot (Phase 1): Report and Assessment
June 16, 2016
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BIBFRAME 2.0 Vocabulary Released

April 21, 2016
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