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Full RDA Examples Updated 3 December 2015

The full RDA examples posted on the RDA Toolkit blog have been updated. These examples show an RDA element set view and the nearest equivalent MARC 21 encoding view of bibliographic and authority records. Some examples have been replaced, and a few new examples have been added. The examples are freely available to all. No subscription to RDA Toolkit is required to access and download the examples.

RLS-athon in Edinburgh Follows Maurice Dance in Wellington 26 November 2015

The RLS-athon, focusing on Robert Louis Stevenson and his works, is the latest Jane-athon. It was held November 9, 2015 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh, Scotland, following the JSC meeting. The event was organized by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland in collaboration with the JSC.

RDA Governance Review Takes First Step in Implementation 7 November 2015

On Friday 6th November 2015, the first step in implementing the recent review of the RDA Governance Model was taken with the launch of the new governance branding.

At a reception, which followed the Joint Steering Committee meeting in Edinburgh, the names of the Committee of Principals and Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA changed to the RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee (RSC).

Jane-athon Success Continues 20 October 2015

Following the success of the first Jane-athon in Chicago in January 2015, similar events have taken place, or are scheduled to take place, around the world in San Francisco and Boston (USA), London (England), Wellington (New Zealand), and Edinburgh (Scotland). “Jane-athon” has become a generic term for these events.

November 2015 JSC Meeting Agenda 12 October 2015

The agenda for the November 2015 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 2-6, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland, Board Room.

Changes to RDA Governance in the UK 1 October 2015

Members of the Committee of Principals and JSC have looked at the options for the transition to Europe regional representation in the new governance structure for RDA. It is clear that the European RDA Interest Group, EURIG (, would be the ideal body to take forward the representation of the needs of RDA communities in Europe.

RDA Translations Policy and Working Group 22 September 2015

A new policy for translations of RDA has been published on the JSC website as 6JSC/Policy/6 (Translation Policy for RDA and RDA Toolkit). The policy will support the strategy for developing RDA for international communities outlined in the recent announcement by the Committee of Principals. The policy will be applied by the Co-Publishers of RDA to existing and new translations.

Observers welcome at 2015 JSC meeting 18 August 2015

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

Observers are welcome at open sessions and are encouraged to attend. Sessions will be held from 9:00-17:00 in the Boardroom of the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge. The committee meets in closed executive sessions on Monday, Nov. 2, and at the end of Friday, Nov. 6.

The complete meeting agenda will be announced by mid-October.

RDA/ONIX Guidelines and Linked Data 4 August 2015

The RDA/ONIX Framework for Resource Categorization (5JSC/Chair/10) is the basis for terms in the RDA carrier, content, and media type vocabularies. Each term is related to a set of Framework attributes covering the basic carrier and content categories. The Framework also provides a mechanism for extending and refining the categories.

Preparing a Proposal or Discussion Paper for Development of RDA 30 June 2015

Guidelines for preparing a proposal or discussion paper about changes to RDA have been posted on the JSC website "Submitting Proposals to Revise RDA" page.

The guidelines in 6JSC/Policy/5 are accompanied by a sample proposal. Posted with the guidelines are links to the Editor's guide and its appendices as well as to Policy/1/rev (other documents to be consulted when preparing a proposal or discussion paper).