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The Case of AACR2 Versus RDA

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 September 2010


The introduction of the Resource Description and Access cataloguing code to replace the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules is considered by Ann Chapman, the Research Officer at UKOLN. She explains why the latter was becoming unsuitable for the digital age whilst the former has been specifically developed to deal with all types of media.


Cat, Class and Metadata.....Part 2
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1 IFLA Study Group on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records Functional requirements for bibliographic records: final report. K.G. Saur, 1998. (UBCIM publications; new series, vol. 19).—ISBN 978-3-598-11382-6. An html version is also available at:

2 MARC Standards Web site:

3 Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Web site:

4 Encoded Archival Description Web site:

5 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules Web site:

6 RDA: Resource Description and Access Web site:

7 RDA: Appendix D Record Syntaxes for Descriptive Data.

8 Schultz, N. Issues deferred until after the first release of RDA.

9 CILIP/BL Committee on RDA Web site:

11 RDA Toolkit – Pricing