This short report by Jennifer Bowen and David Lindahl was issued earlier this month by the eXtensible Catalog Organization. Bowen and Lindahl are the Co-Executive Directors of the eXtensible Catalog Organization and wrote this report as a followup to a meeting they had with the US RDA Test Coordinating Committee at the Library of Congress. At the meeting they spoke about implementing some aspects of RDA in the eXtensible Catalog.
RDA and eXtensible Catalog is only three pages in length so easy to read and absorb quickly.
Here are some of the statements that resonated with me:
- RDA elements can … interact easily with elements from other metadata schemas, making RDA a much more flexible standard than other standards currently in use within the library community
- fortunate to have access to elements from a standard such as RDA that has been developed within the library community, and which therefore aligns closely with defined elements in existing library catalog data
- RDA … serves as an important “bridge” between present library systems and emerging applications such as XC
- a significant amount of AACR2/MARC data cannot be reused without considerable programming or manual record editing
- to knowingly continue to create metadata that cannot be reused effectively in other systems is potentially a waste of current library resources, especially when using a more forward‐looking standard (RDA) will begin to address these problems
- XC has set the stage for additional transformations of metadata into a more complete FRBR‐based implementation of RDA
- one of the strengths of the library community has always been its adoption of community‐wide standards such as AACR2 and MARC, which encourage other communities to interact with our metadata. A widespread adoption of RDA will continue this tradition of library leadership in metadata standards, and provide a clearer vision for the development of future library systems
It’s short. I recommend reading the whole thing yourself.