RDA Toolkit Blog

Jane-in, the Summer of Linked Data: the Jane-athon comes to San Francisco

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to attend the second full Jane-athon--and wear some flowers in your hair!

A Jane-athon is a hackathon for metadata about Jane Austen and her works, where catalogers, developers, and vendors get together to explore RDA: Resource Description and Access and its application beyond the MARC environment. The first Jane-athon, Fun with Dick and Jane (and RDA), was a great success and a lot of fun. So make sure to include our event to your conference plans.

Spanish RDA Update

UPDATE: We expect to publish the Spanish translation of RDA on Wednesday, March 11.

Fun with Dick and Jane (and RDA): Creating linked data for Jane Austen and Blade Runner

You’ve heard about hackathons--but have you ever heard of a Jane-athon? Drawing on the hackathon model of bringing people together to explore new ideas by setting them to task equipped only with software and their collective gumption and enthusiasm, ALA Publishing and the RDA Development Team announce the first ever event designed to catalog Jane Austen resources with software specifically designed to use RDA: Resource Description and Access.

Presentations on RDA status and perspectives 2014

The presentations given at the IFLA Satellite Meeting RDA: Resource Description and Access – status and perspectives 2014 are available on the website of the German National Library.

Three Tips for Bibliographic Descriptions on Library Websites

The following is a guest post from Deborah Fritz, a principal in the firm of TMQ, Inc. (The MARC of Quality) and part of the development team for RIMMF (an RDA data creation tool based on the constrained RDA elements).

A recent article, titled “3 tips for product descriptions on websites”, and posted in the 02 September 2014 issue of OCLC Abstracts is geared towards marketing products via the web, but should, I think, be required reading for all creators of bibliographic metadata (catalogers) and their library colleagues and administrators.

RDA Toolkit Technical Committee formed

In the interest of addressing open technical issues related to the application of RDA, RDA Toolkit and the RDA Registry, a working group comprising representatives of the developers of RDA and representatives of related bibliographic data schema and system developers has been formed. The group has been named the RDA Toolkit Technical Committee and is tasked with addressing technical issues in the following areas.

A New Phase for RDA Toolkit

With implementation of RDA growing and the rollout phase of RDA Toolkit completed, the Co-Publishers of RDA Toolkit are focusing on a new phase of RDA Toolkit development. Going froward we will seek to improve services and systems used by both subscribers and authoring groups. Dakota Systems has been selected to provide technology services as we make changes to the content management and authoring systems in the coming months. In the coming months we will introduce a new approach to collecting community input on needed improvements to the user experience of RDA Toolkit.

What is an RDA Record?

We here at RDA Toolkit are very excited about "What is an RDA Record?", a forum we are hosting at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. More details below. If you are in the Las Vegas area at that time, we hope you will attend.

What is an RDA Record?

Time: Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center - S220
Presenters: Gordon Dunsire, Deborah Fritz, and Diane Hillmann

Chinese Translation of RDA

The National Library of China Publishing House's translation of RDA is now complete and available at The National Library of China Publishing House's translation of RDA is now complete and available at http://book.douban.com/subject/25890307/.

More on the Publication of RDA Element Vocabularies

On Monday, January 20th, the JSC announced 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." (Read the full announcement.) This published version of the RDA element sets builds on several years of work by the DCMI/RDA Task Group.