We are excited to announce that we will roll out a new rdatoolkit.org site next week! Just to clarify rdatoolkit.org is this very information and communication site that serves as a kind of entrance way to the RDA Toolkit proper. Our goal is to make the site easier to navigate and more illuminating. The updated site will include a more dynamic home page with images and headlines that will make valuable information more conspicuous and accessible.
The RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project (3R Project) will be a major focus of discussion at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The project aims to significantly improve the functionality and utility of RDA Toolkit and will include revisions to RDA based on the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM).
At Midwinter in Atlanta, the Co-Publishers of RDA will be hosting two important events that seek to share information about the 3R Project with the public and to get feedback on the project plans.
In 2017 the Co-Publishers of RDA and RDA Toolkit will undertake a major project to enhance the RDA Toolkit website so that it can better meet the needs of its user and play a more productive role in their work. The Toolkit debuted in 2010 and by any standard practice it is time for a site redesign to adjust to changes to the online environment.
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.
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.
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.