Bibliographic Framework Initiative (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress > BIBFRAME > Implementation, Tools, and Downloads > Using the BIBFRAME Editor

The BIBFRAME Editor (BFE) is a simple tool that enables input of any BIBFRAME vocabulary element.  The BFE will be frequently improved as small features are added and user comments come in.  There is a Demo version that you may directly experiment with. In addition, our primary purpose for the tool is the open source Download version of the software that you may take and integrate into your experimental systems, enabling many features that the Demo cannot provide.   

Here are some points to remember when “playing” with the online Demo:

1) The only templates available to you “out of the box” are holding, instance, work, authority, and “all”.   The tool, however, includes all the BF vocabulary properties in support of enabling the selection of subsets (templates) of these large templates, creating new ones for specific uses by catalogers (e.g., minimal description for a book, sheet music).  In the code source, the base Profiles are available for your manipulation.

2)  There is NO back end storage at this time in the Demo.  A completed description is staged for export and saving but until we have added a datastore to the Demo you cannot save your input.  It is expected that if you Download you are planning to use the tool with a datastore, which you will need to configure locally and from which you could retrieve descriptions for editing.

3)  The left hand column of the input screen lists the templates currently available.  These are fully configurable if you download the source code.  It is where we plan to add ones from time to time on the Demo.

4)  The right side of the input screen lists the resource template(s) and its properties for describing material.

5)  A few fields feature a typeahead, or lookup, service.   The Demo looks only at the LC’s ID.LOC.GOV at the moment, but with Download developers can create new lookup points, bringing in lists from other Linked Data services.  The data is then recorded via a URI to the data.

6)  For any label preceding a data box, the definition may be found in the BIBFRAME Vocabulary.

7)  If an entity is structured in the BIBFRAME Vocabulary, then click on the data box to bring up a new template for the structured components.

8)  The Demo works under a number of browsers (Firefox, Chrome) but not all IE browsers.