Saturday, August 24, 2013

RDA in OCLC WorldCat

For some months now, OCLC's WorldCat Quality Management Division has been planning and implementing a project to incorporate Resource Description and Access (RDA) practices, references, and examples into OCLC's Bibliographic Formats and Standards (BFAS) http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en.html. We have thus far incorporated the changes to BFAS that were part of OCLC-MARC Update 2012 & 2013 (as documented in Technical Bulletin 261 & 262 http://oc.lc/zcWZjW).
We have now begun the larger job of reviewing BFAS in its entirety. Policies will be updated, links to Searching WorldCat Indexes http://oc.lc/5SfZ7D will be added, occasional references to RDA and the LC-PCC PSs will be incorporated, and some examples will be updated and others added to reflect RDA practices. This is a huge undertaking and will be happening gradually over time. Meanwhile, we have

brought together on the OCLC About RDA page http://www.oclc.org/rda/about.en.html links to LC, OCLC, other documentation about RDA, a new policy statement, and a webinar about it: http://oc.lc/2PC2UO. You will be seeing changes regularly as the BFAS Update Project progresses. Questions? AskQC@oclc.org.

[Source: OCLC message of the day through OCLC Connexion, August 23, 2013]