The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Joint Steering Committee (JSC) produced, in 2007, a document showing graphic representations of three possible database implementation scenarios.
RDA Implementation Scenarios
Scenario 3 is the flat-file structure of today’s ILS (integrated library system, Millennium is the GateNet ILS). Scenario 2 adds links between bibliographic and authority records. Scenario 3 is a relational database structure representing the full FRBR implementation of RDA, including records for the work, expression, manifestation and item (WEMIs) which are all linked.
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)/RDA Task Group has developed a series of cataloger scenarios to give a better idea of work flow after the implementation of RDA in Scenario 1.
Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) is a conceptual model for cataloging, on which the new cataloging code, Resource Description and Access (RDA) is based.
FRBR has been developed under the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
The ILS (integrated library system) vendor VTLS has developed FRBR Software as a Service (SaaS): FRBR SaaS builds on a library’s own ILS database and web-based online public catalog by providing a hosted database of matching FRBR records, an online public interface designed to match the source database, and hyperlinks to provide seamless navigation between the two.
For more on FRBR, you can view the presentation from the April 2009 GateNet cataloger’s meeting below: