The RDA: Resource Description and Access is set to become the new international cataloguing standard for all kinds of materials, especial;y digital resources.
Some interesting elements from the RDA brochure:
- RDA emphasizes ‘taking what you see’, thus encouraging machine-capture of metadata without extensive editing – saving cataloguers’ time.
- RDA’s use of FRBR entities makes it possible to design better displays in catalogues for clustering information about the same title together (e.g., translations,abridgements, different physical formats).
The full table of elements of RDA is published in RDA Element Analysis (July 2009) [PDF format]
It would be worthwhile for a WASH Information Consortium to set up a working group on information standards/cataloguing that would look more closely at the usefulness of RDA, digital identifiers etc.