Presented at the ACOC seminar RDA: next generation cataloguing standard at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on Friday 24th October, 2008.
The cataloguing community is now preparing for a future beyond AACR, MARC, LCSH, DDC/LCC and local catalogue-based resource discovery. The focus is no longer limited to cataloguing and the use of common library standards. The resource description horizon now encompasses data re-use and interoperability with standards used in publishing, on the web, and in other resource description communities such as museums, archives and galleries. Resource Description and Access (RDA) will be an important building block in the creation of both better catalogues and other resource discovery services.