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Continuing the Conversation: RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on May 11, 2011 - 2:02pm


We just wrapped up the first session of the ALA TechSource Workshop Using RDA: Moving into the Metadata Future with Chris Oliver, Karen Coyle and Diane Hillmann. Chris Oliver led today’s session, RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments. Here are some questions that came up based on what we discussed today, as well as some resources from the event. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments--Chris, Karen and Diane will be part of the discussion as well!

  • Does a move to RDA mean we have to re-catalog everything?
  • Is the granularity of RDA—to highlight copyright dates as opposed to print dates or to highlight relator terms for contributors—in response to actual demands from patrons?
  • Can libraries that use only minimal-level cataloging make use of RDA?
  • Does RDA’s emphasis on controlled vocabularies threaten to make it less appealing than it would be otherwise to non-library communities?

You can also chime in on Twitter. The hashtag is #libdata

The preliminary readings for this workshop were:

Karen Coyle: Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata, Chapters 1 and 2

Diane Hillmann, Karen Coyle, Jon Phipps and Gordon Dunsire: RDA Vocabularies: Process, Outcome, Use

(Webcast) Barbara Tillett: What RDA Is and Isn't

RDA Prospectus:

(Presentation with Slides and Notes) Tom Delsey: Moving Cataloguing into the 21st Century.

RDA Scope and Structure

Bowen, Jennifer and David Lindahl. RDA and the eXtensible Catalog.

Chris’s Slides:
RDA: Designed for Current and Future Environments
Sources of RDA Records:
Sources of RDA Records

Comments (1)

Actually, RDA’s use of

Actually, RDA’s use of controlled vocabularies should make it much more attractive to everyone creating descriptions. The vocabularies are designed to be easily incorporated in tools, so, think about pull-down lists and search windows and all the other kids of technology that is already used in web applications to fill out forms. With formal vocabularies available publicly to web tool developers, using RDA will be an extremely attractive proposition--much easier and more intuitive to use than the currently available ILS systems!

Keep in mind that one of the goals here is to be more a part of the Web, and this is definitely the direction the Web is headed. Our significant investment in controlled vocabularies will be one of our major assets as we move in that direction.