News & Information

Metadata and Linked Data eCourse Starts Next Month

If you’re looking for an introduction to metadata and linked data, you may be interested in this upcoming eCourse.


Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data eCourse

6-week eCourse, begins Feb. 12


Computers increasingly collect, manage, and analyze data for scholarly research. Linked data and metadata give libraries the ability to support this eResearch, making them powerful tools. Many libraries are a tipping point in adoption of linked data, and librarians that don't learn about this topic are at risk of falling behind.

Save the Date: RDA Event on Friday, June 22nd in New Orleans

Join us for a full-day event focused on introducing the new RDA Toolkit!

There will be RDA experts presenting on topics such as the restructure and redesign of the RDA Toolkit, as well as discussions on new approaches to key cataloguing issues. This is a good opportunity to hear about the latest developments and test out the new RDA Toolkit with experts. Further details on the agenda and speakers to come soon.

Registration is required and space is limited as this is a ticketed event.

RDA Toolkit Service Interruption

The hosting center that is home to RDA Toolkit and the RSC website is scheduled to be decommissioned. Because of this, RDA servers will need to move to a new facility, one just a short distance from their current home. This move is scheduled for the evening of Friday, January 5th, starting around 10 pm in the eastern United States. All the equipment will be packed up, put on a truck, moved to the new facility, and reinstalled into a pre-wired rack. The estimated downtime for the RDA Toolkit is approximately five hours.

RDA Toolkit Release - December 12, 2017

A new release of RDA Toolkit will be published on December 12, 2017. This will be the penultimate release to the current Toolkit before the rollout of the 3R Project. In late January or February we will make a final release which will include only the addition of a Norwegian translation of RDA. Releases typically contain changes to content and metadata, enhancements to RDA Toolkit functionality, and fixes to existing bugs. The details of the December release follow.

New Target Date for 3R Project

Significant advancements have been made toward the completion of the 3R project (also known as the RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project), and unexpected obstacles have arisen. Both the progress made and the obstacles encountered have made clear that the original goal of an April rollout of the redesigned Toolkit is no longer feasible. A new target date of June 13th has been set. The goals for the June rollout are to have the completed new RDA text in English and at least one other language and 2 or 3 updated policy statements.