Vol. 7 No. 2 (2016): RDA, Resource Description and Access: The metamorphosis of cataloguing

The Making of RDA

Tom Delsey
University of Ottawa

Published 2016-05-15


  • Description,
  • Entity-relationship models,
  • Metadata element sets,
  • Metadata content standards

How to Cite

Delsey, Tom. 2016. “The Making of RDA”. JLIS.It 7 (2):25-47. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-11706.


The author revisits the development of RDA from its inception in 2005 through to its initial release in 2010. The development effort is set in the context of an evolving digital environment that was transforming both the production and dissemination of information resources and the technologies used to create, store, and access data describing those resources. The author examines the interplay between strategic commitments to align RDA with new conceptual models, emerging database structures, and metadata developments in allied communities, on the one hand, and compatibility with AACR2 legacy databases on the other. Aspects of the development effort examined include the structuring of RDA as a resource description language, organizing the new standard as a working tool, and refining guidelines and instructions for recording RDA data. 


Metrics Loading ...