BIBFLOW update Xiaoli Li
BIBFLOW update Xiaoli Li
Co-head of Content Support Services
University of California Davis Library
Jan. 31, 2015
What Is the BIBFLOW Project?
Is a 2-year project of the UC Davis University Library and Zepheira, funded by
Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (May 2014 – April 2016)
Its official title is “Reinventing Cataloging: Models for the Future of Library
Is a research project that will address questions like “What impact will adoption of
BIBFRAME on technical services workflows in an academic library”?
BIBFLOW = BIBframe + workFLOW
One of the major deliverables is a
that can help library community
transition cataloging work to a linked data/BIBFRAME native ecosystem
This complexity leads to the inevitable conclusion that
Linked Data represents an evolutionary leap for libraries and
not a simple migration.
Workflows and Use Cases
BIBFLOW’s focus is on developing a roadmap for migrating essential
library work efforts (workflows) to a BIBFRAME / LOD ecosystem. Library
work involves daily engagement with a large collection of software
systems, institutions, and vendors. As such, moving to a LOD ecosystem is
not simply a matter of understanding its impact on library data but also on
these complex workflows.
Create holdings record
Original Cataloging Workflow for Print Monographs
(weekly done by
Use Case: Original Non-Rare Book Cataloging Using OCLC Connexion Client
We need your feedback!
We invite comment on these workflows posted on our project blog:
Please let us know how these workflows compare to the workflows at your
institution and also what workflows are missing. We will use your input to
adjust our testing as the project progresses.
Assessment of Library Management System
To make the transition into LOD/BIBFRAME possible, library
community needs a linked data oriented system
Key Findings about Kuali-OLE
OLE 1.0 (latest release at the time when we reviewed the product in 2014) is not
cable of supporting LOD/BIBFRAME operations.
OLE’s bibliographic database (DocumentStore) is robust, extensible, and capable in
its current form of dealing with linked data. This is advantageous from a
For more information, visit our project blog:
Based on identified workflows and the Kauli-OLE assessment, we were
able to develop a preliminary LOD/BIBFRAME implementation model.
This model allows for the gradual, phased shifting of library work
efforts from a MARC to LOD/BIBFRAME ecosystem such that all
workflows will function and communicate with each other
synchronously regardless if they are LOD/BIBFRAME or MARC native.
UC Davis and Zepheira will enhance BIBFRAME Scribe by adding
external services and developing BIBFRAME profiles
What’s Next? (continued)
Program the Kauli-OLE product so UCD catalogers can use Scribe to create BIBFRAME
description for various materials and store the data in a BIBFRAME-RDF triplestore.
Develop and test data transformation service/tools
Identify and connect an open source OPAC to the triplestore
Standard Kauli - OLE Implementation
Full BIB OLD/BIBFRAME Implementation
Native LOD/BIBFRAME Implementation
We look forward to your feedback!