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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

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/.

Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21

The Music Library Association's Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21 are intended to: provide sufficient guidance for creating and enhancing both basic descriptions (“core records”) and more robust descriptions of musical resources and the musical works and expressions embodied therein; and, be comprehensible and useful to both catalogers transitioning from an AACR2 environment and newly-trained catalogers. These guidelines are arranged by RDA instruction number. Situations pertaining to specific formats are described in the context of the applicable RDA instruction.

RDA Toolkit Release - April 22, 2014

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on April 22, 2014. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is typically made on the second Tuesday of the month. This release was pushed back to fourth Tuesday due to number and complexity of changes associated with the RDA Update. 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.

April Release of Toolkit Set for April 22

The Co-Publishers of RDA have set the April Release of RDA Toolkit for Tuesday April 22. The release will include the RDA Update from the JSC. The Update will contain changes related to approved proposals from the November 2013 JSC meeting. These changes are currently available in the “Sec final” versions of the proposals posted on the JSC web site. Typically releases occur on the second Tuesday of a month; however, due to the extent and complexity of this year's update we have pushed the publish date back two weeks.

RDA Toolkit Release - February 11, 2014

A new release of RDA Toolkit was published on February 11, 2014. When there is a new release for RDA Toolkit, it is made on the second Tuesday of the month. 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.

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.

Publication of the RDA Element Vocabularies

The following statement was posted on the JSC website on Monday, 20 January 2014. Learn more about this announcement in our blog post on this subject.

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