RDA: Resource Description and Access was developed by JSC as part of its strategic plan (2005-2009) to replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition Revised, which were first published in 1978.
RDA provides a set of guidelines and instructions on formulating data to support resource discovery. RDA provides a comprehensive set of guidelines and instructions covering all types of content and media.
Details of how to subscribe to the RDA Toolkit can be found on the publisher’s website.
For a brief summary of RDA see the RDA Brochure (PDF format). The text of the brochure is also available in the following languages: Arabic; Catalan; Chinese; German; French (Canada); French (France); Persian [Word format]; Polish; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish; Swedish. JSC also welcomes translations of RDA Supporting Documentation.
Work on the new standard began in 2004, and in the same year the Committee of Principals for AACR (CoP) appointed Tom Delsey as the Editor. In December 2004 a draft of part I of AACR3 was made available to the constituencies for review. In 2005 a new approach was agreed on, and the decision made to adopt the title: “RDA: Resource Description and Access”. In December 2005, the draft of RDA part I was made available for review. Further drafts of RDA chapters were issued in 2006 and 2007. At the October 2007 meeting, the JSC agreed on a new organization for RDA, see A New Organization for RDA. A full draft of RDA was issued in November 2008. JSC discussed the responses to the full draft at its meeting in April 2009 and the revised text was delivered to the publishers in June 2009. RDA was published in the RDA Toolkit in June 2010.
RDA: Resource Description and Access is developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA. JSC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the many institutions and individuals who have generously given their time and energies to the creation of RDA.