Because translated versions of RDA will often trail the English version of RDA, several users have commented that they need to be able to look at two language version side-by-side
In RDA Toolkit, a cross-reference to another instruction is a hyperlink with a label consisting of the instruction number followed by an RDA "button". The button is part of the hyperlink. This becomes inconsistent when the cross-reference is to a range of instructions, for example 184.108.40.206–220.127.116.11 RDA (from 18.104.22.168). This is actually two hyperlinks: "22.214.171.124", and "126.96.36.199 RDA". This presumably will confuse many users, who click the RDA button and expect to be taken to the first instruction in the range; instead the link is to the last instruction.
As we add more and more links to outside resources to RDA Toolkit (for example the links we are adding to the AACR2 display, see RDA-125), users would like to be able to turn off links that are not of interest in order to unclutter the display.
Beginning in April 2013, AACR2 will only be available online at RD Toolkit. Cataloger Desktop subscribers will need a subscription to RDA Toolkit to access the AACR2 rules. Frequent users of AACR2 on Catalogers Desktop are used the interface provided on that site and and will have similar expectations for AACR2 on RDA Toolkit.
Users conducting an "Exclude Examples" search are confused by the presence of highlighted hits in the examples when clicking through to a search result. The highlighting of search terms is a process done separately from the search, so the presence of highlighted search terms in an example does not factor in the determination of search results. However, the highlighting in the examples is misleading and undermines user confidence in the search.
The Library of Congress and the PCC are now cooperating on the development of RDA policy statements. So going forward they will together publish a single set of policy statements.
Due to the high cost of standard development and maintenance as well as the promise of increased interoperability and record sharing many countries outside the Anglo-American countries that implemented AACR2 are interested in implementing RDA as their cataloging standard. To facilitate and encourage the adoption for RDA outside English-speaking countries RDA Toolkit will display RDA in multiple languages.
To achieve broader international interoperability and encoding neutrality RDA chose to separate the RDA data model from data encoding by creating RDA Elements and RDA Vocabularies separate from any one data encoding. Independent from an specific encoding (MARC , DC, MODS, etc.) following RDA instructions requires the cataloger to enter specific data. For lack of a better term we call these data elements the RDA Data Model.
Many users have asked for better display of RDA Toolkit on tablets, phones, and other mobile devices. In order to help us evaluate the best way to make these improvements we would like to learn more about how users would like to use RDA in a mobile setting. Why are users trying to use RDA Toolkit on mobile devices (training, staff meetings, additional monitor, etc.) Where are users trying to use RDA Toolkit on mobile devices (their desk, meeting room, training room, classroom, offsite (home), etc.