News & Information

Announcing the Italian translation of RDA

In 2014 ALA Publishing, on behalf of the RDA Co-Publishers, signed an agreement on the Italian language rights translation in RDA: Resource Description and Access with the Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries (ICCU) that is responsible for the translation of the Italian language version of the new cataloguing standard. ICCU acquires the exclusive license for the Italian translation of the standard and it is licensed to publish the digital version in RDA Toolkit. 

Special Release to RDA Toolkit -- Finnish and Spanish RDA

On December 8 RDA Toolkit published the Finnish language translation of RDA and an update to the Spanish language translation. The Finnish translation is accessible to all with a subscription to RDA Toolkit. Users whose browser language preference is set to Finnish will be automatically logged into the Finnish version of RDA. Users may also log into to their profiles and set Finnish as their preferred language. This special December release was added to enable RDA training in Finland to proceed with access to Finnish translation.

Finnish Translation of RDA Ready

On December 8th a Finnish language translation of RDA will be published on RDA Toolkit. This work is the end result of an agreement reached last year between the Co-Publishers of RDA and the National Library of Finland. The translation is a important step in the implementation of RDA as a cataloging standard in Finland, and the national Library of Finland is committed to updating and maintaining Finnish RDA so that it is current with the changes to the original (English language) RDA text. The translation to be published on December 8th is current through the April 2015 update to RDA.

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.

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.