Welcome to the RSC website

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is responsible for maintaining RDA: Resource Description and Access.

RDA is a package of data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating library and cultural heritage resource metadata that are well-formed according to international models for user-focussed linked data applications.

RDA is published by:

  • The American Library Association
  • The Canadian Library Association
  • CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

For information on purchasing RDA, see RDA Toolkit site.

RDA is published in English, Finnish, French, German, and Spanish; several other translations are in progress. For information about translating RDA, contact James Hennelly, ALA Publishing.

The first step in the transition from the former Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) to the RDA Steering Committee began on November 6, 2015; the transition will occur in stages through 2019. The regions to be represented on the RDA Steering Committee are the following:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North America
  • Oceania

In addition to representatives from these regions, the RSC includes a chair, secretary, and examples editor. By 2019 there will be one RSC representative per region. The current roster of RSC members, including the current liaisons with bodies managing standards related to RDA and other groups, can be viewed here.

The RSC also has agreements with the groups listed below. The agreement between RSC and each other group is a a "light-weight" protocol requiring the two groups to communicate plans for changes to the relevant standards; the agreement is often supported by a list of shared and unilateral documents.

Learn more about RDA.

Join the RDA-L discussion group at lists.ala.org/sympa/info/rda-l.

Proposals for revisions to RDA may be submitted for consideration by the RDA Steering Committee.
For a description of the process, including information on how to submit proposals and discussion papers,
see Submitting Proposals To Revise RDA.

For further information, contact: Gordon Dunsire, Chair of RSC.

Page updated: 8 February 2016