FRBR Implementations

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It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. (1).

This chapter examines the major players in early FRBR implementations.

AustLit and MusicAustralia

"Austlit: A Gateway on Steriods" (Australian Literature Gateway) 001.htm .pdf

This online document (available both in HTML and PDF format, see above URLs) by Dr. Marie-Louise Ayres (executive manager, AustLit: Australian Literature Gateway, Academy Library) and by co-authors Kent Fitch (developer, Project Computing Pty. Ltd.), Annette Scarvell (content manager, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy [UNSW@ADFA]), and Kerry Kilner (University of Queensland), provides an overview of the Australian Literature Gateway and explains the process that went into creating AustLit; screen shots are also provided in the document.

AustLit provides access to more than 350,000 Australian creative and critical works through bibliographic citations and full text. It is administered through a consortium of eight universities and the National Library; contains information from previous databases prior to AustLit; and attempts to provide a single gateway for all Australians to information. The system was custom built, using Topic Maps for flexible relationships, the INDECS ( and Harmony models for agents and their relationships with works, and FRBR for works of the consortium members. It is/was the first large implementation/prototype of the FRBR model.

"MusicAustralia: Experiments with DC.Relation"

This presentation by Marie-Louise Ayres examines the metadata and FRBR models for building the MusicAustralia prototype, focusing on the music of Australia and providing access to it. This report details how the project attempted to provide support for user navigation between related versions of a music work. It was presented at the DC-ANZ (Dublin Core-Australia New Zealand) Conference (Canberra, Australia, 2003).

"FRBR and AustLit: The Australian Literature Gateway"

This "report on the Successful AustLit: Australian Literature Gateway Implementation of the FRBR and INDECS Event Models, and Implications for Other FRBR Implementations" was presented at the 68th IFLA General Conference and Council (Glasgow, Scotland, August 1824, 2004). Authored by Dr. Marie-Louise Ayres and co-authors Kerry Kilner, Kent Fitch, and Annette Scarvell, this document serves as a progress report to IFLA, (similar to the one given above) and describes the implementation of the FRBR, INDECS, and Harmony models on the AustLit Gateway.

Weekly Reports Index of the Australian Literature Electronic Gateway (ALEG)

This online index by Kent Fitch (ADFA) serves as a week-by-week report from May 2000 to August 2002, detailing progress on the AustLit Gateway project.

"From Citation to Context and Beyond: Crossing Bibliographic Boundaries in the Electronic Age" tonASALPaper.ppt tonASALPaper.doc

This paper, and accompanying PowerPoint presentation, by Carol Hetherington was presented at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference (Brisbane, Australia, 2003). It is an examination of the AustLit Gateway construction from the critical, interpretative literary studies aspect and contains many examples and FRBR relationship details.

"Setting the Record Straight: Bibliography and Australian Literature"

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