National Library of Australia

Resource Description and Access

This website contains current information regarding the implementation of RDA in Australia as well as the development and implementation of RDA worldwide. The site is updated regularly. Libraries can discuss RDA implementation, share information and raise issues via the Australian discussion list on RDA

What is RDA?

RDA : Resource Description and Access is an important building block in the creation of better catalogues and resource discovery systems. It provides for the creation of metadata which meets users' needs for data content and also facilitates machine manipulation of that data for searching and display.

RDA focuses on the data elements needed to meet the user tasks specified in the FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) and FRAD (Functional Requirements for Authority Records) conceptual models. The use of FRBR concepts allows the relationships between multiple versions of a resource to be presented to users in a meaningful way.

The RDA Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the development of RDA and the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) is responsible for maintaining RDA :  Resource Description and Access.