RDA, or, The Long Journey of the Catalog to the Digital Age


RDA was created in response to complaints about the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, especially the call for a more international, principle-based content standard that takes the perspective of the conceptual models of FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Data).  The past and ongoing process for continuous improvement to RDA is through the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (known as the JSC, but recently renamed the RDA Steering Committee - RSC) to make RDA even more international and principle-based.


Cataloguing; Cataloguing codes; RDA; Resource Description and Access;

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FRAD (2009) International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Functional requirements for authority data: A conceptual model. München: K.G. Saur, 2009.

FRBR (1998) International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Functional requirements for bibliographic records. München: K.G. Saur, 1998. Accessed December 3, 2015.

FRSAD (2010) Functional requirements for subject authority data. Accessed December 3, 2015.

IFLA (1971) Statement of principles adopted at the International Conference on Cataloguing Principles, Paris, October, 1961. London: IFLA.

IFLA (2009) International Statement on Cataloguing Principles. Accessed December 3, 2015.

OMR (2009-15) Open Metadata Registry. Accessed December 3, 2015.

and The RDA Registry

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