RDA: Resource Description and Access

Keri Cascio Joining RDA Board

Effective immediately, Keri Cascio will represent the American Library Association (ALA) on the Board of Directors for Resource, Description and Access (RDA), a unified cataloging standard designed for the global, digital world and metadata users in many environments.

Posting for RSC Secretary

The RDA Board and RDA Steering Committee (RSC) are seeking a qualified library professional with expertise in RDA and cataloging to take on the role of RSC Secretary. The purpose of the role is to support and coordinate processes which support the development and promotion of RDA. This is a contract position with a 3-year term, and there is no location requirement (the work may be done from home). There will be a period of overlap with the term of the current secretary to allow for thorough training and a fluid transition for this crucial post.

RDA Essentials webinar with Thomas Brenndorfer

This month the Co-Publishers of RDA released RDA Essentials by Thomas Brenndorfer, librarian at Guelph (Ont.) Public Library. The book is concise to RDA cataloging, and, in order to better introduce users to the terrific resource, ALA Publishing is offering a free webinar led by Mr. Brenndorfer on Thursday, May 26 at 1:00 pm (CDT; UTC -5). The webinar will highlight the book's features and illustrate best practices for using it in your work. Mr.

The Lang-athon: a multilingual Jane-athon

Inspired by the Jane-athons presented by the RDA Development Team and ALA Publishing in 2015 and earlier this year, TBLC, in cooperation with Gordon Dunsire (Chair of the RSC) and TMQ (creators of RIMMF), invite you to participate in an early look at the possible future of multilingual, multicultural shared cataloging.

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.

Looking back at the second Jane-athon

The second Jane-athon, also known as the Jane-In, was held this past Summer in San Francisco. the session sought to build upon the curated r-ball started at the first Jane-athon.

Committee of Principals Governance Transition Plan

Last month the Committee of Principles affirmed their commitment to the internationalization of the RDA standard and stated that a transition plan for the new governance structure prior to the IFLA conference this month. In fulfillment of this task the Committee has released Transition timescales for RDA Governance.

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.

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.

Fun with Dick and Jane (and RDA): Creating linked data for Jane Austen and Blade Runner

You’ve heard about hackathons--but have you ever heard of a Jane-athon? Drawing on the hackathon model of bringing people together to explore new ideas by setting them to task equipped only with software and their collective gumption and enthusiasm, ALA Publishing and the RDA Development Team announce the first ever event designed to catalog Jane Austen resources with software specifically designed to use RDA: Resource Description and Access.

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