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November 2015 JSC Meeting Agenda 12 October 2015

The agenda for the November 2015 meeting of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) is now available. The JSC will meet November 2-6, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland, Board Room.

Changes to RDA Governance in the UK 1 October 2015

Members of the Committee of Principals and JSC have looked at the options for the transition to Europe regional representation in the new governance structure for RDA. It is clear that the European RDA Interest Group, EURIG (, would be the ideal body to take forward the representation of the needs of RDA communities in Europe.

RDA Translations Policy and Working Group 22 September 2015

A new policy for translations of RDA has been published on the JSC website as 6JSC/Policy/6 (Translation Policy for RDA and RDA Toolkit). The policy will support the strategy for developing RDA for international communities outlined in the recent announcement by the Committee of Principals. The policy will be applied by the Co-Publishers of RDA to existing and new translations.

Observers welcome at 2015 JSC meeting 18 August 2015

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) will meet Nov. 2-6, 2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland.

Observers are welcome at open sessions and are encouraged to attend. Sessions will be held from 9:00-17:00 in the Boardroom of the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge. The committee meets in closed executive sessions on Monday, Nov. 2, and at the end of Friday, Nov. 6.

The complete meeting agenda will be announced by mid-October.

RDA/ONIX Guidelines and Linked Data 4 August 2015

The RDA/ONIX Framework for Resource Categorization (5JSC/Chair/10) is the basis for terms in the RDA carrier, content, and media type vocabularies. Each term is related to a set of Framework attributes covering the basic carrier and content categories. The Framework also provides a mechanism for extending and refining the categories.

Preparing a Proposal or Discussion Paper for Development of RDA 30 June 2015

Guidelines for preparing a proposal or discussion paper about changes to RDA have been posted on the JSC website "Submitting Proposals to Revise RDA" page.

The guidelines in 6JSC/Policy/5 are accompanied by a sample proposal. Posted with the guidelines are links to the Editor's guide and its appendices as well as to Policy/1/rev (other documents to be consulted when preparing a proposal or discussion paper).

RDA Elements Table and Registry Updated 23 June 2015

The RDA element analysis table and the RDA Registry have been updated in line with the April 2015 release of RDA Toolkit.

The JSC has reviewed the RDA element analysis table and made several changes to its scope and layout. Information that is more appropriate in an Application Profile has been removed, along with place-holder entries that are no longer required.

JSC November 2015 Meeting 5 June 2015

The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) will meet Nov. 2-6, 2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the National Library of Scotland.

The committee will discuss the transition to a new governance model that is part of the commitment to ongoing internationalisation of RDA and to collaboration with other cultural heritage description communities.

Committee of Principals Affirms Commitment to the Internationalisation of RDA 5 June 2015

The Committee of Principals for RDA has issued the following statement dated 29 May 2015:

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 has always been a continually evolving standard that aims to reflect the requirements of the cataloguing, metadata and description community.

2014 Approved RDA Proposals 15 April 2015

The final versions of the proposals approved by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA during and after its November 2014 meeting have been posted on this web site.