RDA-SA supports the South African cataloguing community's exploration of the new international cataloguing standard, Resource Description and Access (RDA). Referring to the RDA Prospectus the context within which RDA is being developed could be summarised as follows:
- RDA is the new standard for resource description and access within the digital world;
- it is built on foundations established by its predecessor, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), and will be aligned with the conceptual models for bibliographic (FRBR) and authority (FRAD) data as developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA);
- the major focus is to provide guidelines and instructions on the recording for all types of content and media, reflecting the attributes and relationships associated with entities as defined in FRBR and FRAD;
- RDA treats the recording and the presentation of data as two separate issues, providing guidelines for the latter in its appendices;
- RDA chapters will focus on elements supporting the specific user tasks to find, identify, select, and obtain (the typical functions of a catalogue) and will contain an introductory chapter, chapters on attributes, chapters relationships, appendices and the glossary.