A Shared Approach to BIBFRAME Implementation

Wednesday, 5/22/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on May 22, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

This session will give an overview of the SVDE project and its history, along with the ongoing work of the Transformation Council. A particular focus will be on the development of BIBFRAME through SVDE in relation to other projects, such as initiatives at LC, LD4P, and the PCC.

The SHARE Virtual Discovery Environment (SVDE) project, launched by Casalini Libri in 2017, is a community-driven, vendor-supported initiative to establish an effective working environment for the use of linked data by libraries within a global context with the additional goal to ‘future-proof” descriptive metadata. The vendor-partners, Casalini Libri and @Cult, have created complex processes that enrich and convert MARC library data to BIBFRAME. The converted data are then utilized in a virtual discovery environment based upon the three-layered structure of the BIBFRAME data model (www.share-vde.org). Enriched MARC data along with BIBFRAME triples are returned to each library for local analysis and experimentation.

SVDE has a flexible approach to implementation through incremental change. This development continues to be guided by the 21 member libraries and community experts through the SVDE Transformation Council, and associated subcommittees. The SVDE Transformation Council began work in August 2018 to evaluate the MARC to BIBFRAME conversion from Phase II of the project. The Transformation Council began by reviewing several reports that member libraries created in response to local data conversion review. We based our initial feedback on these documents to articulate how the conversion process meets our expectations and needs. Looking for commonalities among pain points lead us to develop methods to identify, test, and make recommendations for improvement of the conversion process. The first set of recommendations was ready for implementation in early 2019 and has been incorporated in the current conversion specifications, but work is ongoing to refine these specifications and continue improving processes.

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will:

  • Provide the history of the SHARE-VDE projects
  • Supply analysis of MARC to BIBFRAME conversion, reconciliation, and enrichment in the SHARE-VDE community
  • Update attendees on current work

Who Should Attend

Catalogers and metadata librarians


Jacquie Samples is the Head, Metadata & Discovery Strategy Department at Duke University Libraries. She currently leads the SVDE Transformation Council.

Ian Bigelow is the Cataloging Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries. He is currently a member of the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force, PCC Linked Data Advisory Committee, the SVDE Transformation Council, and Chair of the SVDE Work Identifier Working Group.



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