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2014 Deadline for JSC Proposals and Discussion Papers 30 December 2014

In accordance with 6JSC/Policy/1 Statement of policy and procedures for JSC, the deadline for submitting proposals and discussion papers for the development of RDA is three months before the JSC annual meeting. For 2014, the deadline date is 4 August 2014.

More information about submitting proposals and discussion papers is available in the policy and procedures document.

Date posted: 11 June 2014

New JSC Working Group Members from EURIG 30 December 2014

Three new members have joined JSC working groups following their nomination by EURIG, the European RDA Interest Group. They are:

RDA Registry Website 30 December 2014

The RDA Toolkit Technical Committee has updated the website of, the namespace of the RDA element sets. The website provides access to the element sets as well as examples and datasets which use RDA elements, and maps between RDA elements and other namespaces. The maps include one between elements for RDA relationship designators and the MARC relator codes. Data files are available in multiple formats.

2013 Approved RDA Proposals 25 February 2014

The final versions of the proposals approved by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA during and after its November 2013 meeting have been posted on this web site. See the "Sec final" documents listed in the table of new working documents or consult a specific proposal in the constituency proposals section.

2013 JSC Meeting Documents: Outcomes 28 January 2014

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA discussed 48 proposals and discussion papers at its November 2013 meeting. A table with a summary of the actions taken by the JSC is available for consultation until the final versions of the approved proposals are posted on this site in early February 2014. The changes in RDA will not be in effect until they appear in the April 2014 Update of the RDA Toolkit.

Date posted: 28 January 2014

Publication of the RDA Element Vocabularies 21 January 2014

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), Metadata Management Associates, and ALA Publishing (on behalf of the co-publishers of RDA) are pleased to announce that the RDA elements and relationship designators have been published in the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) as Resource Description Framework (RDF) element sets suitable for linked data and semantic Web applications.

New CILIP JSC member 2 January 2014

Galen Jones joined the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) on January 1, 2014. He replaced Gordon Dunsire, now the Chair of JSC, as the representative of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Outcomes of the 2013 JSC Meeting 11 December 2013

Held in Washington, D.C., USA, November 4-8, 2013

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met at American Library Association Washington Office, in Washington, D.C., USA, from November 4-8, 2013. Troy Linker and James Hennelly, representing ALA Publishing, also attended; eleven other observers also attended the public sessions of the meeting.

New JSC Chair for 2014-2015 4 December 2013

Gordon Dunsire is the new Chair of JSC for 2014-2015, following his election as Chair-Elect at the JSC's meeting in November 2012. Gordon has been the CILIP representative to the JSC since 2012, and a member of the CILIP-BL Committee on RDA since 2003. He is a member of the FRBR Review Group and ISBD Linked Data Study Group, and chairs the IFLA Namespaces Technical Group. He has followed a library career path of cataloger, systems librarian, technical services manager, and researcher in digital libraries, and is now an independent consultant. Gordon lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

November 2013 JSC Meeting Agenda 14 October 2013

The agenda for the November 2013 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 4-8, 2013 in Washington, D.C., USA, at the American Library Association Washington Office building (1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW).