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Report 1.2 – German National Library

Posted By Kimmy Szeto, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Originally Posted to the Task Force Group Blog by Anne D. Adams, Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek was one of the early experimenters of Bibframe, joining the group in 2012.  Reinhold Heuvelmann has made two ALA midwinter presentations (in 2013 and 2014), and most recently a presentation at the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas,  updating the United States library community on the status of their work.

 

Their work over the past two years can be summed up by the statement on their website (available in English at http://www.dnb.de/EN/Wir/Projekte/Laufend/bibframe.html ):  “The main objective of the first phase of the BIBFRAME project was to contribute to the BIBFRAME point papers and to glean experience from a prototypical conversion of the German National Library data into BIBFRAME format.”

 

The DNB uses Pica+, an internal metadata format used by the OCLC EMEA regional council.  Thus far they have been working on reciprocal conversion of Pica+ and MARC records, and now from Pica+ to BIBFRAME (a one-way conversion). The initial mapping work is done in a Microsoft Access database, and then handed off to programmers, who code in the metafacture format.

 

By the time of the midwinter ALA meeting in 2014, DNB had successfully mapped Pica+ authority and bibliographic records to BIBFRAME.  In a press release dated 11 February 2014, the DNB announced that they had successfully developed access to the bibliographic record in a BIBFRAME format via a link on the in the bibliographic information on the library portal.  In viewing the record here: http://d-nb.info/994548060 you can see on the right hand side options to save the record, print it, view it in MARC21-XML or RDF/XML formats (both of these links have been there for some time), or to view it in BIBFRAME format. The link uses the BIBFRAME logo, which should enhance the link’s recognizability for the user.  The user can also follow links to documentation on Linked Data and Project BIBFRAME.

The DNB has continued to collaborate with the early experimenters group and to reach out to the community via presentations and articles about their work with BIBFRAME.  As of December of 2014, Reinhold Heuvelmann has confirmed that the DNB has not been as active in recent months.  Although the icon of the BIBFRAME link has changed, they have not yet synchronized their work with the BIBFRAME 1.0 vocabulary.  Their plan for the near future is to continue to map between Pica+ and BIBFRAME for authority and bibliographic records, as well as addressing holdings records after that. They will also be exploring the possibility of bulk downloads and representing relationships between BIBFRAME works and instances.

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