The Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard, due to be released this coming summer, has included since May 2007 a parallel effort to build Semantic Web enabled vocabularies. This article describes that effort and the decisions made to express the vocabularies for use within the library community and in addition as a bridge to the future of library data outside the current MARC-based systems. The authors also touch on the registration activities that have made the vocabularies usable independently of the RDA textual guidance. Designed for both human and machine users, the registered vocabularies describe the relationships between FRBR, the RDA classes and properties and the extensive value vocabularies developed for use within RDA.
"MARC 21 Updates 9 and 10 include all changes approved through in 2008 and 2009, and in particular all changes related to the use of RDA with MARC. At the end of February 2010, the Network Development and MARC Standards Office will publish Update 11, which will incorporate all changes approved in January 2010, again including several changes relating to RDA usage."
About this Site and How to Use It:
This is a cooperative site originally created by James Weinheimer as an alternative to accepting RDA. The basic idea is to have a site where the current rules can continue to be updated. There are also the related Google Groups site, and the Blog. For more information, see the Official Announcement
This document lists MARC 21 format changes that have been approved to accommodate Resource Description and Access (RDA) since the 2008 Update (No.9) to MARC 21. The draft additions to the Bibliographic, Authority, and Holdings formats are linked to this page. This document is intended to facilitate experimentation by providing information that will be published in the 2009 (No. 10) format update.
"In a series of webcasts, Dr. Barbara Tillett, Chief, Policy and Standards Division of the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, presents information about Resource Description and Access (RDA), the next generation cataloging code. Presentations currently available include one providing background and an overview of RDA, and one on the cataloging principles of RDA. Future presentations will focus on Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements of Authority Data (FRAD), and the content and structure of RDA. "
Heidi Hoerman's presentation on RDA from the 2008 OLAC/MOUG/NOTSL Conference. She reviews RDA and predicts:
"RDA will die a quiet death.
AACR2r2010 will be published.
RDA's aims will be realized in due time."
Worth viewing the slides--wish I could have heard the presentation!
TITLE: Cataloging Principles and RDA: Resource Description and Access
SPEAKER: Barbara Tillett
EVENT DATE: 06/10/2008
RUNNING TIME: 49 minutes
The second in a series on RDA: Resource Description and Access, the next generation cataloging code designed for the digital environment. This presentation deals with the cataloging principles that have influenced the development of RDA; the challenges they present to the international sharing of bibliographic and authority data; and the challenges they present to the developers of RDA.
TITLE: Resource Description and Access: Background / Overview
SPEAKER: Barbara Tillett
EVENT DATE: 05/14/2008
RUNNING TIME: 67 minutes
RDA (Resource Description and Access), the next generation cataloging code designed for the digital environment, is under development. This presentation provides background on its development and a general overview of the conceptual models, international principles, and structure of this new code.
"The Co-Publishers of RDA Online (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have reached the conclusion that further time is required to complete the development of the new software that will be used for distributing the full draft of RDA for constituency review.
The full draft was originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2008. Instead, it will now be issued in October 2008. The three month time period allocated for comments on the full draft is unchanged, and in this new schedule will extend from October into January 2009. More specific dates for RDA's final release will be forthcoming shortly."
Dublin Core communities will work together in the following ways:
* develop a formal RDA Element vocabulary (probably following the DC Abstract Model)
* develop an application profile of RDA for Dublin Core using FRBR and FRAD
* use RDF and SKOS to disclose RDA vocabularies
* March-June 2007: Review of revised chapter 3
* July-September 2007: Review of revised chapters 6-7
* December 2007-March 2008: Review of part B
* July-September 2008: Review of complete draft of RDA
RDA is scheduled for release in early 2009.