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May 2023 Meetings of the RDA Board and the RDA Steering Committee 29 May 2023

The RDA Board and the RDA Steering Committee met for the first time in person since 2019. Their meetings took place between 15-19 May at ALA Headquarters, Chicago.

Minutes are available for the first ever Joint Meeting of the RDA Board and the RSC, 16-17 May (RSC-RDABoard/Minutes/000-009) and for the RSC Meeting, 17-19 May (RSC/Minutes/373-392).

RSC Meeting October 2023: Host Institution Sought 26 May 2023

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) welcomes invitations from institutions that may be interested in hosting its next in-person meeting. The RSC proposes to meet for 3-4 days during the period of 16-19 October 2023. The RSC comprises 13 people, but part of the RSC meeting will likely be open to observers; this provides interested parties the opportunity to see how RDA is built and how international consensus is reached. One of the days could be an outreach or training event for the local or regional community.

Countdown Clock for Original RDA Toolkit Set for May 2026 24 May 2023

As announced on the RDA Toolkit, The RDA Board in consultation with the Copyright Holders of RDA have determined that a hard date for the removal of the original RDA Toolkit website is needed. This determination was made against a backdrop of giving user communities plenty of time for planning in their transition to official RDA. The Board plans to begin a countdown clock in May 2026 (specific date still to be determined), with the removal of the original Toolkit taking place a year later—May 2027.

18 May 2023: Information for Observers (Joining Instructions) issued today 5 May 2023

We have today sent joining instructions to those registered for our public session on 18 May. If you have registered but not received instructions, please check your junk mail folder and, if necessary email to request a resend: our mailserver was down temporarily and it is possible that some mails were not received / delivered. If you have not registered yet and would like to, there is still time.

Now available: agenda and papers for May 2023 RSC Meetings 2 May 2023

The agenda and papers are available for the Joint Meeting of the RDA Board and the RSC and for the RSC Meeting in May.

Proposal on Jurisdictions, Governments, and Courts in RDA 24 April 2023

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is delighted to have received the first proposal from its Place/Jurisdiction Working Group.

NARDAC Spring Forum 2023 4 April 2023

Two members of the RSC were invited to speak at the NARDAC Spring Forum on 3 April.

RDA Examples Editor Honor Moody gave an overview of the process for adding new examples to the RDA Toolkit, and put out an early call for people interested in applying to be the next Examples Editor to contact her for an informal chat. Honor's term comes to an end in December, and a formal call for expressions of interest will be issued in due course.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 18 May 2023 3 April 2023

The RDA Steering Committee (RSC) will meet in Chicago on 17-19 May 2023, and would be delighted to welcome observers to its public session on Thursday 18 May.

We are currently finalising the agenda and practical arrangements, but the public session will include the latest updates on the development of the Toolkit, an overview from the RSC Chair, Renate Behrens, on the liaison between RDA and other international cataloguing bodies, and brief verbal reports on issues including implementation within the RDA Regions.

March 2023 RDA Toolkit Release 28 March 2023

A new release of RDA Toolkit was ready on March 24, 2023, but due to some technical issues, its posting was delayed until March 27th. The release was a small one compared to past releases. Minor changes to English language RDA were made for the purpose of clarity and consistency. Revisions to the Guidance: Data Elements provide more explanation about the relationship and application of element supertypes and subtypes.

How to Propose a Change to RDA 28 March 2023

On 27 February, RSC Past Chair Kathy Glennan gave a webinar on How to Propose a Change to RDA, which highlighted the feedback facility on the RDA Toolkit and the other opportunities open to any RDA user to suggest a change. If you were unable to attend live, you can access now it on the RDA Toolkit YouTube channel.