bfe is a standalone Editor for the Library of Congress's Bibliographic Framework
(BIBFRAME) Initiative. It can be used more generically as an editor for RDF data.
bfe uses [BIBFRAME Profiles][profilespec] to render an HTML/UI input form; it is
capable of integrating 'lookup' services, which query data from external Web APIs;
and implementers can define the input and extract the output.
This repository includes a development example, a "production" example, and
various BIBFRAME Profiles with which to begin experimenting. In order
to get started with
bfe quickly and easily, there are two main aspects of
library bundles a few additional libraries, some of which are JQuery, Lo-Dash,
elements from Twitter's Bootstrap.js, and
Twitter's typeahead.js. The CSS bundle includes mostly elements of
Twitter's Bootstrap and a few additional custom CSS declarations.
bfe is currently submodule of recto, an express-based webserver, which uses verso a loopback-based server for backend data. The current recommendation is to install recto and verso and use bfe as part of the demonstration environment.
RECTOBASE is now set using an environment variable.
RECTOBASE value is
./env.sh > builds/env.js npm install grunt
bfe can be run as a demo or development version using a simple express-based server - found in the main
bfe directory -
that ships with
- Chrome 34
- Firefox 24+
- Safari - 6+
- Opera - 12+
bfe has also not been thoroughly tested in the browsers for which
support is currently listed. It has been developed primarily using Chrome.
It has been tested in both Chrome and Safari mobile versions. IE is no longer supported.
Log them here:
For technical questions about
bfe, you can use the GitHub Issues feature, but
please "label" your question a 'question.'
Although you are encouraged to ask your quesion publicly (the answer might help everyone), you may also email this repository's maintainer directly.
For general questions about BIBFRAME, you can subscribe to the BIBFRAME Listserv and ask in that forum.
From a design standpoint, the objective with
bfe was to create the simplest
'pluggable' form editor one can to maximize experimental implementer's abilities
to create/edit BIBFRAME data. The current focus is to transform bfe into a production ready tool.
All contributions are welcome. If you do not code, surely you will discover an issue you can report.
Basic build steps:
- npm init
- npm install
In addition to all the good people who have worked on JQuery, Lo-Dash, Twitter's Bootstrap, Twitter's typeahead.js, require.js, dryice, and more, all of whom made this simpler, special recognition needs to go to the developers who have worked on Ajax.org's Ace editor and the fine individuals at Zepheira.
Ace's developers figured out a great way to bundle their code
into a single distributable.
Ace's methods were studied and emulated, and when
that wasn't enough, their code was ported (with credit, of course, and those
snippets were ported only in support of building the package with
Ace's devs also just have a really smart way of approaching this type of
In late 2013, and demoed at the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference,
Zepheira developed a prototype BIBFRAME Editor. Although that project never moved
beyond an experimental phase, Zepheira's work was nevertheless extremely influential,
especially with respect to
bfe's UI design. (None of the code in
bfe was ported
from Zepheira's prototype.) Zepheira also developed the [BIBFRAME Profile
- Kirk Hess
Unless otherwise noted, code that is original to
bfe is in the Public Domain.
bfe includes or depends on software from other open source projects, all or
most of which will carry their own license and copyright. The Public Domain mark
bfe original code and does not convey to these projects.