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.

  • Ongoing development of the RDA Registry
  • Creation of technical documentation
  • Improvements to RDA Toolkit functionality and display
  • Communication with vendors and developers

An informal version of this group began meeting in January 2014, but the work advanced to the point that it needed to be formalized with the group expanded to include greater input from vendors.

The Committee Group currently includes…

  • Gordon Dunsire (JSC Chair) and Judy Kuhagen (JSC Secretary) of the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA
  • Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps of Metadata Management Associates (developers of the RDA Registry)
  • James Hennelly of ALA Publishing, with assistance from David Badger of Dakota Systems (current developers of RDA Toolkit)
  • Deborah Fritz and Richard Fritz of The MARC of Quality (TMQ, Inc.)
  • Kevin Ford of the Library of Congress and the Bibliographic Framework Initiative
  • Galen Charlton of Equinox Software
  • John Chapman of OCLC
  • Michael Dicus of Ex Libris

The members listed in the first four lines above will form the RDA Development Team, responsible for setting the agenda for the Technical Committee and acting on the recommendations of the committee. The Technical Committee will meet every few months to review technical issues and identify potential solutions. Reports on the activities of the RDA Toolkit Technical Committee will be posted to the blogs on RDA Toolkit and the RDA Registry sites and other channels.