Karen Coyle blogged this announcement made at ALA. Here’s the official statement distributed by Nathalie Schulz, JSC Secretary:
“The Co-Publishers of RDA Online (the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute ofLibrary and Information Professionals) have reached the conclusion that further time is required to complete the development of the new software that will be used for distributing the full draft of RDA for constituency review.
The full draft was originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2008. Instead, it will now be issued in October 2008. The three month time period allocated for comments on the full draft is unchanged, and in this new schedule will extend from October into January 2009. More specific dates for RDA’s final release will be forthcoming shortly.
Members of the Committee of Principals (CoP) and the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) agree that the importance of distributing RDA content in a well-developed and tested version of the new software is such that a two-month delay is justified. They concluded that this extension is worthwhile given the ultimate value of the exceptional effort that is going into RDA and feel that the review by constituencies will be enhanced as a result.”
Looks like it will be an RDA free summer after all.