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.  Australia (along with New Zealand and other countries in the Oceania region) is represented on the RSC by the Oceania RDA Committee (ORDAC).

RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project

In 2017 the Co-Publishers of RDA and RDA Toolkit began a major project to redevelop the RDA Toolkit website to become a true online web tool able to deliver a better user experience for cataloguers, while improving flexibility for background activities by developers and ILS systems. The redeveloped RDA will also bring the standard into line with the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM), which has replaced FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD. This project will end with the rollout of a new RDA Toolkit in 2019.

Transition to the redeveloped RDA will require some staff training and ACOC will provide information about and links to any existing training resources via the RDA Training page on this website and through the rda-aust discussion list. ACOC will not themselves provide any training.

ACOC will disseminate all information provided by the RSC and ORDAC, through this website and the rda-aust discussion list, to assist you to manage the transition to the redeveloped RDA.