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RDA Elements Table and Registry Updated

The RDA element analysis table and the RDA Registry have been updated in line with the April 2015 release of RDA Toolkit.

The JSC has reviewed the RDA element analysis table and made several changes to its scope and layout. Information that is more appropriate in an Application Profile has been removed, along with place-holder entries that are no longer required.

JSC November 2015 Meeting

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) will meet Nov. 2-6, 2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland.

The committee will discuss the transition to a new governance model that is part of the commitment to ongoing internationalisation of RDA and to collaboration with other cultural heritage description communities.

Committee of Principals Affirms Commitment to the Internationalisation of RDA

The Committee of Principals for RDA has issued the following statement dated 29 May 2015:

RDA is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focussed linked data applications.

RDA has always been a continually evolving standard that aims to reflect the requirements of the cataloguing, metadata and description community.

2014 Approved RDA Proposals

The final versions of the proposals approved by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA during and after its November 2014 meeting have been posted on this web site.

2014 JSC Meeting Documents: Outcomes

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA discussed 47 proposals and discussion papers at its November 2014 meeting.

Jane-athon Success

The world's first full Jane-athon took place January 30, 2015 in Chicago during ALA Midwinter. This hackathon for creating RDA linked data about the works of Jane Austen and related resources was attended by over 60 delegates from 55 institutions. Individually, or in clusters led by experienced, knowledgeable volunteers, the delegates used RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats) to create RDA/FRBR entity records from imported MARC 21 records or as born-RDA, and link them using RDA designators. RIMMF is an editor for data that conforms to RDA Toolkit and the RDA Registry.

JSC Takes Pragmatic Approach to Period of Change

The JSC has discussed the impact of various factors on the content and structure of RDA.

Outcomes of the 2014 JSC Meeting

Held in Washington, D.C., USA, November 3-7, 2014

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) met at the American Library Association Washington Office, in Washington, D.C., USA, from November 3-7, 2014. James Hennelly, Managing Editor of RDA Toolkit, and Simon Edwards, chair of the Committee of Principals of RDA, attended the meeting as did Kate James, the RDA Examples Editor. Ten observers also attended public sessions of the meeting.

November 2014 JSC Meeting Agenda

The agenda for the November 2014 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 3-7, 2014 in Washington, D.C., USA, at the American Library Association Washington Office building (1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW).

Observers may attend the public sessions of the meeting. Please contact both the JSC Chair, Gordon Dunsire and the JSC Secretary, Judy Kuhagen, if you want to attend any of the sessions.

Date posted: 17 October 2014

RDA Around the World

The latest issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is a special issue titled "RDA around the world". The thirteen articles cover aspects of RDA implementation from initial consideration to full translation, with perspectives from Canada, China, German-speaking countries, Iran, Israel, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Turkey, and French and Spanish translation activity. The Chair of the JSC is guest editor, and author of the introduction.

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