The vocabulary portions of RDA are essentially complete and available
at: http://metadataregistry.org/rdabrowse.htm. Updates to the
vocabularies from the last JSC meeting in March have been integrated,
and although we expect to see some minor editorial tweaks prior to the
formal publication of the guidance text, what you see there is, we
believe, ready for use and experimentation by those whose interest in
RDA is in data rather than instruction.
In addition, we are putting the finishing touches on an article about
the process of building the RDF vocabularies which will appear in the
January issue of DLib Magazine, due to be issued on January 15, when
many of us will be in Boston for ALA Midwinter. In the meantime, we
encourage those who want to work with the vocabularies to feel free to
contact us with questions or issues, either via email or the Registry
Co-chair, DCMI/RDA Task Group
Mary Ghikas wrote:
> RDA: Resource Description and Access will be published in June 2010.
> While we regret this delay in release of RDA, the transition from
> publication of AACR2 as a printed manual to release of RDA as a web
> based toolkit is a complex process with many interdependencies.
> The updated text of RDA incorporates recommendations from
> constituencies and other stakeholders approved at the JSC meeting
> earlier this year. The revised text has been successfully loaded into
> the RDA database. The product is currently undergoing thorough
> quality review and testing in preparation for release.
> We recognize that customers and prospective users of RDA need reliable
> and timely information for planning and budgeting. We are confident
> that this revised deadline is a realistic target for publication of RDA.
> Pricing and purchasing information will be introduced at the time of
> the ALA Midwinter Meeting, 15-18 January 2010.
> Mary Ghikas, Chair Committee of Principals
> Alan Danskin, Chair Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA
> Don Chatham, Chair Co-publishers