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International Society of Knowledge Organization

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Mapping FRSAD model and other abstract models

IFLA FRBR Group 3 entities "represent an additional set of entities that serve as the subjects of works" (IFLA, 1999: 16). A third IFLA Working Group of the FRBR family, FRSAR (Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records), was formed in April 2005 and charged with the task of developing functional requirements and a conceptual model for subject authority records. One of the terms of reference is to build a conceptual model of Group 3 entities within the FRBR framework as they relate to the “aboutness” of works. In this framework all three entity groups as defined by the FRBR conceptual model have the potential to be the subject of a work. In other words, Group 1, 2 and 3 entities all can have an “is-subject-of” relationship with a work. The FRSAR Working Group proposed an abstract conceptual model and presented it at the IFLA Conference in August 2007. The model was further discussed and developed by the Working Group in 2008. The draft report prepared by the FRSAR Working Group has indicated that the focus of the model is on the authority data instead of authority records, hence the abbreviation used in the report is FRSAD, i.e., Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data.

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Sharing expertise in support of Networked Knowledge Organization Systems

“Small is beautiful” said Ernst Schumacher in 1973. Despite the subsequent trends towards globalization, his note still strikes a chord, echoing strongly at the 13th NKOS Workshop held in London on 11-12 September. Addressing only 20 participants, each of the 9 speakers got the space and audience support to expose real issues arising from their current R & D projects, including practical obstacles such as the weaknesses of tools for handling KOS management and exploitation.

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