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From: JSC Secretary <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Subject: [rules] Publication of the RDA Element Vocabularies
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RDA colleagues,

See the announcement below, also posted on the JSC website.  Feel free to
share this information with your colleagues.

Regards, Judy Kuhagen

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The Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC), Metadata
Management Associates, and ALA Publishing (on behalf of the co-publishers
of RDA) are pleased to announce that the RDA elements and relationship
designators have been published in the Open Metadata Registry (OMR) as
Resource Description Framework (RDF) element sets suitable for linked data
and semantic Web applications.

The elements include versions "unconstrained" by Functional Requirements
for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority
Data (FRAD), the standard library models underpinning RDA, that are
intended for use in applications by non-RDA communities.

The published version of the RDA element sets builds on several years of
work by the DCMI/RDA Task Group. Earlier versions developed by the Group
will remain available, but will be deprecated for further development and
use, and redirected to the new version.

Gordon Dunsire, Chair of the JSC, said "The RDA element set is a
distillation of modern approaches to resource discovery supporting rich
descriptions of library and cultural heritage materials and detailed
relationships between them at international level. The JSC has recently
established a working group to assist in extending and refining the RDA
elements, and hopes that they will be useful to other communities, ranging
from close neighbours in library linked data to the global networks of
general search."

Diane Hillmann of Metadata Management Associates said "We are extremely
pleased to be able to make this new version available now in fully
published form, ready for implementation by libraries and vendors. We look
forward to discussing the important features available in this version with
our colleagues at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meetings and beyond."

James Hennelly, Managing Editor of RDA Toolkit, said "This is an important
update to the RDA Registry and a crucial step in the advancement of RDA's
mission to be a standard that is accessible to both cataloging
professionals, through the toolkit and print and ebook publications, and to
application developers seeking to make use of library data, through the
Registry's expression of the RDA elements and vocabularies."

The basic RDA element set namespace is and it contains a
total of over 1600 properties and classes. Elements are distributed in sets
(the number of elements in each set is given in brackets):
Agent properties
Expression properties
Item properties
Manifestation properties
Work properties
Unconstrained properties
Classes []<>(8)

Follow the links to see details of each element set.

Questions or comments on the content of the element sets may be addressed
to the Chair of the JSC, Gordon Dunsire [[log in to unmask]]. Questions
and comments on the encoding of the vocabularies or on the Open Metadata
Registry may be addressed to Diane Hillmann [[log in to unmask]].