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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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Here comes everything

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At The Walt Disney Company, Madi Solomon used the FRBR conceptual model and the research papers of Dr. Jane Hunter to design a simple but effective moving-image metadata model that captured the several instantiations of a single intellectual property across a broad spectrum of consumables (think movies, television series, books, soundtracks, games, and theme park rides). This metadata standard was released to the public last year and has been adopted by Disney and Universal/NBC.

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Here Comes Everything is a presentation from a business perspective: a little chaos, a lot of risk, and the expedient urgency of now. [No paper submission]

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