Interesting initiative providing a potential alternative to the ‘controversial’ RDA implementation. James Weinheimer, Director of Library and Information Services at the American University of Rome, has proposed the development of the Cooperative Cataloging Rules which will essentially grow out of the Library of Congress Rules Interpretations (LCRI). The questions raised in yesterdays official announcement are excellent and would have been a welcome way to start the development of RDA had that process been more inclusive from the start.
Weinheimer states that many libraries will not be in a position to implement RDA and hopes that this cooperative effort can lead to improved bibliographic control sans RDA. A wiki has been set up with this request:
The “Cooperative Cataloging Rules” is now available at http://sites.google.com/site/opencatalogingrules/. We want to announce its existence and to put out a general request for professional metadata creators to participate. The site has two primary purposes: 1) to offer a serious alternative to RDA and 2) to offer a place for sharing bibliographic concepts within the general metadata community.
The reasoning behind this initiative is certainly sound but the timing may not be that great. Definitely worth consideration though and there is a thread underway at the NGC4LIB discussion list that likely prove to be excellent reading. What’s happening with RDA anyway? Short of a call for implementation survey participants there has been little dsicussion or progress updates …