RDA Toolkit Blog

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

Join JSC members and friends to explore how RDA is designed to describe complex relationships between bibliographic resources. The film “Bladerunner”, based on a story by Philip K. Dick, will be used to show how RDA linked data can be generated with an RDA editor (RIMMF) to illustrate a complex set of relationships between related resources. This will be followed by the major part of the workshop: the world’s first Jane Austen-based hackathon, or Jane-a-thon, with live, hands-on, interactive participation in creating RDA linked data for the works of Jane Austen and related resources.

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.

Questions from the 6.11 RDA Toolkit Essentials webinar

Yesterday's RDA Toolkit Essentials webinar generated quite a few questions and there were several that we were not able to address within the allotted time. So we are using this blog post to both share the questions and our answers. One other important note. the video of the June 11, 2013 RDA Toolkit essentials webinar was corrupted during processing. Unfortunately the video for this webinar will not be available.

Question: How many languages are translated from RDA? How many countries and/or libraries apply RDA? [Kim]

Multilingual RDA

With the May release to RDA Toolkit, RDA: Resource Description and Access became a multilingual standard, and RDA Toolkit became a multilingual website. French and German language versions of RDA are now accessible to all subscribers of RDA Toolkit. In 2012 ALA Publishing, on behalf of the RDA Co-Publishers, entered into an agreement for the French language translation of RDA with ASTED (Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation).