ALA: Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR: What You Need to Know
One of the meetings I would have liked to attend at ALA was Getting Ready for RDA and FRBR: What You Need to Know. This was reported on in Metadata Blog. There were three speakers, but the most relevant part is:
Glenn Patton, Director of WorldCat Quality Management, OCLC
Glenn Patton introduced Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD). Mainly, this is applying the underlying theories in FRBR to authority data. There are two objectives of this working group, namely, to gain a clear understanding of how authority data functions correctly, and to clarify the underlying concepts and improve the use of authority data in the future. Patton talked about the uses of the authority file by the catalogers and the users and brought up the model to show us what the group has come up with (see pages 4 and 7 of the report for the figures).
The report referred to is Functional Requirements for Authority Data: a Conceptual Model. This is a topic that I expect to see a lot more of in the future.