In the fall of 2014, the Library of Congress solicited bids for a new BIBFRAME Search and Display system. Aaron Schmidt of Influx Library User Interface Design and Jeremy Nelson successful proposal is the basis for open-source the BIBFRAME Catalog (shortened to BIBCAT) and a backend BIBFRAME Datastore that extends the Semantic Server REST API to communicate wth Fedora 4 as a linked-data platform, a Elasticsearch for search, and Apache Fuseki as a SPARQL endpoint.
After a somewhat slow start, the first Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of BIBCAT was released in the last Month. This release was demonstrate the BIBFRAME Datastore management of a small sample of linked-data provided by the Library of Congress. The web UI front-end continues to be created as part of the current Build step in BIBCAT's second iteration of a Build-Measure-Learn loop.
The BIBFRAME Datastore project extends the Catalog Pull Platform's Semantic Server REST API to include an operational REST API controlling the management of the underlying Semantic Server stack.
Currently in its second BML iteration, BIBCAT's next Build release has the following features pulled from individual and institutional requirements: