Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD)

Developed by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).

The Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) is a conceptual model and a companion document to the earlier Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model. FRAD includes additional attributes for each of the Group 1, 2, and 3 entities, as well as a new Group 2 entity (Family). It also includes attributes intended to support the authority control process (Name, Identifier, Controlled Access Point, Rules, and Agency). In addition to expanded entities and attributes, FRAD defines a different set of user tasks for authority data than FRBR did for bibliographic data. Here, the user tasks are Find, Identify, Contextualize, and Justify. The FRAD model, together with FRBR, serves as the foundation of the content standard Resource Description and Access (RDA).

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