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Towards an internationalization of RDA management and development


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This paper discusses the progress that has been made to internationalize the management and development of RDA: Resource Description and Access. RDA has been designed for an international environment, and is used in a number of countries worldwide. The paper describes the impact that international adoption of RDA had on the arrangements for its governance, including a new structure for ensuring international participation. It discusses the progress that has been made to improve wider input into the processes for its development, including working groups, liaisons with related standards organizations, and cataloguing hackathons. The paper is based on desk research of published resources, including websites, blogs, and conference presentations. The paper concludes that the intention to internationalize RDA is serious and has made a good use of its opportunities, although threats to its success remain.

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Cataloguing; Cultural Heritage; Linked Data; RDA; Standards

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-11708

NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aunifi-16878

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