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RDA Strategy Consultation 2014 30 December 2014

Attention is drawn to the consultation into the future governance of RDA recently announced by the Committee of Principals.

The Committee is soliciting responses from all stakeholders. Read the discussion document or see the presentation given by Simon Edwards, Chair of the Committee of Principals, to the IFLA Satellite Meeting, RDA: Resource Description and Access - Status and perspectives 2014. Frankfurt, 13th August.

Submitting a response to the consultation document:

2014 JSC Meeting 30 December 2014

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA will meet November 3-7, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Sessions will be held from 8:30-17:30 at the American Library Association's Washington office. Observers are welcome at open sessions and are encouraged to attend. The committee meets in closed executive sessions at the beginning and end of the week.

The meeting agenda will be announced by mid-October. Information about registering as an observer will be included in that announcement.

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.

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:

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.