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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.

RDA Toolkit Release - April 14, 2015

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on April 14, 2015. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is typically made on the second Tuesday of the month. Releases typically contain changes to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. You can subscribe to our RSS development feed to get notification of releases.

The details of the April release follow.

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.

Special Release to RDA Toolkit -- Spanish RDA

On March 11 RDA Toolkit rolled out the Spanish translation of RDA. The Spanish translation is accessible to all with a a subscription to RDA Toolkit. Users whose browser language preference is set to Spanish will be automatically logged into the Spanish version of RDA. Users may also log into to their profiles and set Spanish as their preferred language.

Spanish RDA ready for publication

UPDATE: The Spanish translation of RDA is now available. All subscribers can access the Spanish translation as well as all other language versions of RDA hosted on the toolkit. Learn more about Spanish RDA on RDA Toolkit. (Updated 2015.03.15)

Spanish RDA Update

UPDATE: We expect to publish the Spanish translation of RDA on Wednesday, March 11.

RDA Toolkit Release - February 17, 2015

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on February 17, 2015. Releases typically contain updates to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. You can subscribe to our RSS development feed to get notification of releases.

The details of the February release follow.

Instructions for bringing examples of Jane-related resources to the Jane-athon

We are looking forward to seeing all who have registered at the Jane-athon on January 30, 2015, in Chicago.

In preparation for that session, if you are planning on bringing any examples of Jane-related resources with you, we have prepared some best-practices guidelines on bringing those examples, and they are available here: http://rballs.info/topics/p/jane/janex.html.

We hope that you will bring at least a few resources (the real things or facsimiles), but if you cannot, come anyway; we hope to have plenty to share around.

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