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 Federation of Library Associations
  • CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

For information on subscribing to RDA, see the RDA Toolkit site.

RDA is published in English, Catalan, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish; 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. The regions to be represented on the RDA Steering Committee are:

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

In addition to representatives from these regions, the RSC includes position holders--Chair, Secretary, RDA Examples Editor, Technical Team Liaison Officer, Translations Team Liaison Officer, Wider Community Engagement Officer--as well as transitional and ex officio appointments. The current roster of RSC members may be viewed here.

The RSC also has agreements with the groups listed below. The agreement between RSC and each other group is a a "lightweight" 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 at the About RDA FAQ.

RDA-L is one of several email lists for the discussion of RDA cataloging and other related topics. It may be accessed via ALA Connect at https://connect.ala.org/home. Instructions on how to subscribe to this list are on the RDA Toolkit blog.

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: Renate Behrens, Chair of the RSC.

Page updated: 11 January 2023