As we have already seen, FRBRoo is a result of collaboration of the museums with the library's community. It is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, known as IFLA, and the International Committee on Documentation of the International Council for Museums (CIDOC-ICOM) that decided to collaborate with the aim to harmonise the reference models each organization had developed in order to better share library and museum information, particularly in light of the Semantic Web. More concretely, the idea behind this collaboration was to manage to integrate cultural material of different cultural information environments and to improve the interoperability of libraries’ and museums’ information management systems.
The idea that both the library and the museum communities could benefit from harmonizing their conceptual models was first expressed in 2000, on the occasion of the ELAG Conference (European Library Automation Group). However, it was not until 2003 that the International Working Group on FRBR/CIDOC CRM Harmonisation, consisted of the Working groups CIDOC-SIG and IFLA-FRBR Review Group, was formed to that effect.