BIBFRAME Workshop in Europe
4th Annual Meeting
September 22-23, 2020
Virtual Event
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BIBFRAME Workshop in Europe 2020

The aim of the BIBFRAME Workshop in Europe is to be a forum for sharing knowledge about the practice of, production with, and planning of BIBFRAME implementation.
We bring together people working in the transition from MARC to Linked Data using the BIBFRAME model and related tools.
The workshop areas are strongly focused on the practical implementation of BIBFRAME, not a theoretical Linked Data / Semantic Web event.
For 2020 the workshop is replaced by an online event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Venue at DNB, Frankfurt/M 2017

Venue at EUI, Fiesole 2018

Venue at NLS, Stockholm 2019

Speeches & Presentations

Listed in order of program schedule


It is free to join the BIBFRAME Workshop in Europe 2020.
Please click here to register.

Instructions for online access will follow.


All speeches and presentations will be made available online.

September 22 - Day 1

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Central European Summer Time)
3:00 p.m.
Welcome and practicalities
  • Leif Andresen
    Royal Danish Library
    Leif Andresen is Chief Consultant at Royal Danish Library. He works with bibliographic development and development of technical interoperability in the library area - at the library, nationally and internationally. He has been active in international standardization in nearly 25 years; e.g. as convenor of ISO workings group about RFID in libraries and Interlibrary Loons. As chair of the national Danish Bibliographic Committee, he was instigator of the annual workshop in Europe about BIBFRAME starting in 2017.
3:10 p.m.
  • Sally H. McCallum
    Library of Congress
    New developments of BIBFRAME the last year
  • Philip E. Schreur
    Stanford University
    Philip Schreur is currently the Associate University Librarian for Technical and Access Services at Stanford University. He earned a PhD from Stanford in Medieval music theory and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley. Philip has been the Chair of the Program for Cooperative cataloging and deeply involved in the implementation of the new cataloging rules Resource, Description and Access (RDA) in the United States. With a mid-career move to HighWire Press, he developed an interest in the automated taxonomic analysis of digital texts. Currently, he is in charge of coordinating linked-data project development for the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). Initial areas of interest include the use of linked data as a mechanism for identity management across traditional resources and those within the digital library, the integration of linked data from disparate sources, and the transition of traditional technical services workflows to processes rooted in linked open data.
    Progress of LD4P the last year
    Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P2) has made great progress in its core goals: Sinopia development, metadata reuse, Questioning Authority (QA), discovery, and community. LD4P2 officially ended in June of 2020 and we moved into our next phase, Closing the Loop, in July. In addition to extended tool development the creation of the PCC Data Pool, LD4P3 will focus on the connections between individual tools and services to create a cohesive environment in which Technical Services can do their work.
  • Tiziana Possemato
    Casalini Libri - @Cult
    Michele Casalini
    Casalini Libri
    Progress of Share-VDE the last year
4:10 p.m.
4:25 p.m.
  • Harriet Aagaard
    National Library of Sweden
    National Library Implementation - Sweden the last year
  • Miklós Lendvay
    National Széchényi Library of Hungary
    Hungarian National Library Platform implementation
  • Ian Bigelow
    University of Alberta
    Ian Bigelow is the Head of Cataloguing Strategies at the University of Alberta Library. He completed his MLIS at Western University and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and classical studies. He is currently a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee, Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force, Share VDE Advisory Council, Share-VDE Sapientia Entity Identification Working Group, Linked Data for Production (LD4P) Profiles Working/Affinity Group, and PCC Linked Data Advisory Committee.
    Heather Pretty
    Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador
    Heather Pretty is a Cataloguing Librarian at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. She completed her MLIS at the University of Washington (Seattle) and participated in the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program for two years, first in DC and then at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Heather is currently an At-Large Member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Policy Committee, coordinator of the Atlantic Canada Funnel of the PCC Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO), and Chair of the Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force.
    BIBFRAME Readiness: A Canadian Perspective
    In 2018 the University of Alberta Library (UAL) joined the LD4P2 Cohort as a part of a wider strategy for linked data and BIBFRAME implementation. During the same year the Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force (CBRTF) was formed to produce documentation that outlines the impact of migrating from MARC to BIBFRAME on libraries in Canada; to assess the understanding of and readiness for BIBFRAME transition in libraries in Canada; and to make recommendations for how the Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB), Fédération des milieux documentaires (FMD), and Library and Archives Canada can support Canadian libraries' transition to BIBFRAME. In this session, UAL's experience and successes working towards BIBFRAME implementation will be juxtaposed to the findings of the CBRTF survey that few libraries in Canada are fully prepared to transition from MARC to BIBFRAME in the near future. Through this juxtaposition we will examine the current state of BIBFRAME readiness in Canada and outline CBRTF recommendations for a shared path forward.
5:25 p.m.
Wrap-up of Day 1 and Introduction to Day 2
  • Leif Andresen
    Royal Danish Library
5:30 p.m.
End of Conference Day 1

September 23 - Day 2

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Central European Summer Time)
3:00 p.m.
Day 1 Recap
  • Leif Andresen
    Royal Danish Library
3:10 p.m.
  • John Chapman
    Identity Management Infrastructure
Panel discussion
Rules for cataloguing and interoperability
BIBFRAME itself, like MARC, is quite flexible when it comes to the rules of cataloguing such as what sort of information should be recorded and how. In the MARC world, international cataloguing standards (ISBD, AACR2, RDA) as well as their national adaptations govern the finer details. With BIBFRAME, we are seeing system- or community-specific conventions emerge, as well as extensions for special collections and new types of resources, but it is not entirely clear who has the authority to set the cataloguing rules that are more specific than BIBFRAME itself. With the expectation that BIBFRAME based Linked Data will be shared more widely in the future, the question is becoming more urgent. Merely using BIBFRAME does not guarantee very deep interoperability - for that we would need the closer alignment of cataloguing rules between systems as well as the use of shared IDs for entities such as authors, publishers, places and subjects.
  • Harriet Aagaard
    National Library of Sweden
  • Christian Aliverti
    Swiss National Library
  • Steven Folsom
    Cornell University Library
  • Kevin Ford
    Library of Congress
  • Nancy Lorimer
    Stanford University Library
3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Panel
  • Osma Suominen
    National Library of Finland
3:40 p.m.
Panel - First Session
4:15 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Panel - Second Session
5:05 p.m.
Wrap-up of Panel
  • Osma Suominen
    National Library of Finland
5:10 p.m.
  • Miklós Lendvay
    National Széchényi Library of Hungary
    Next year in Budapest
5:20 p.m.
Wrap-up and goodbye
  • Leif Andresen
    Royal Danish Library
5:30 p.m.
End of Conference


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Organizer Group

Leif Andresen, Royal Danish Library
Michele Casalini, Casalini Libri (Share-VDE)
Reinhold Heuvelmann, German National Library
Sally H. McCallum, Library of Congress (NDMSO)
Philip E. Schreur, Stanford University (LD4P)
Osma Suominen, National Library of Finland
Harriet Aagaard, National Library of Sweden
Miklós Lendvay, National Széchényi Library of Hungary