RDA Toolkit Blog

Introducing the Master Profile

In the past six months two new translations (Finnish and Italian) and a new set of policy statements (Finnish SKLs) have been added to RDA Toolkit, bringing the total of toolkit translations to five and policy statements documents to five. Of course this means more colorful icons popping up in the RDA display.

The Lang-athon: a multilingual Jane-athon

Inspired by the Jane-athons presented by the RDA Development Team and ALA Publishing in 2015 and earlier this year, TBLC, in cooperation with Gordon Dunsire (Chair of the RSC) and TMQ (creators of RIMMF), invite you to participate in an early look at the possible future of multilingual, multicultural shared cataloging.

Update to RDA Examples

The RDA Examples have been updated to reflect changes in the RDA instructions and the MARC 21 bibliographic and authority formats. Some examples have been replaced, and a few new examples have been added. These examples show an RDA element set view and a MARC encoding view of bibliographic and authority records. The examples are freely available to all. No subscription to RDA Toolkit is required to access and download the examples.

Thing-athon: strings and things in RDA and linked data

The Thing-athon is a hackathon for metadata created using RDA: Resource Description and Access and the RDA editor RIMMF, where catalogers, developers, and vendors get together to explore RDA and its application beyond the MARC environment. The Thing-athon is based on the Jane-athons that focus on Jane Austen and her works; these have been a great success and a lot of fun. So make sure to include our event in your conference plans.

Looking back at the second Jane-athon

The second Jane-athon, also known as the Jane-In, was held this past Summer in San Francisco. the session sought to build upon the curated r-ball started at the first Jane-athon.

Committee of Principals Governance Transition Plan

Last month the Committee of Principles >a href="http://www.rdatoolkit.org/blog/7770">affirmed their commitment to the internationalization of the RDA standard and stated that a transition plan for the new governance structure prior to the IFLA conference this month. In fulfillment of this task the Committee has released Transition timescales for RDA Governance.

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.

What's up with this Jane-athon stuff?

The Metadata Matters blog has a great post about the upcoming Jane-athon in San Francisco, as well as more information about some other RDA data related activities. Highly recommended reading.

RDA Index reinstated

In the weeks that followed the April 14 release to RDA Toolkit, we heard from a number of users who were unhappy about the removal of the index from the Toolkit. In response to that feedback, we have added a PDF of the RDA Print index to the Tools tab of RDA Toolkit. This PDF file contains the index that will be part of the 2015 revision of RDA in print. The index has been revised and updated to reflect the changes to the RDA standard that were made since the April 2014 release and through the April 2015 release.

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

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.