Data mining MARC to find: FRBR?

by Knut Hegna and Eeva Murtomaa

In this project MARC data from two national bibliographies is analyzed in the light of the data model presented in the FRBR study from IFLA. The analysis shows that even though the information in the MARC records holds attributes relevant for identifying the work, expression and manifestation entities, the accuracy and formal syntax are too simple to be properly handled by programs. Some of the results may be used to present better hit lists in OPACs. Two suggestions for OPAC user interface based on the ideas of the FRBR study and the results of the project are presented.

The files are in PDF-format and should be read with the Acrobat Reader program. The program might be downloaded from :

The complete report: [pdf-file, 66 pages]

A supplement: [pdf-file, 10 pages]

Every acronym is openend in the report the first time they appear, but anyway, here is a separate list: [pdf-file, 1 page]

March 13th 2002