As a reminder, the agenda for the meeting, as well as copies of the documents under discussion, are available on the JSC website at http://www.rda-jsc.org/working1.html
The JSC considered the remaining items in a somewhat different order from that on the published agenda. The following notes are arranged in the order of today's meeting.
6JSC/Chair/9: Element set discussion ("Notes on", "Details of", "Source Consulted", etc.
The morning began with a discussion of this paper, with Deborah Fritz (who provided the background for the issues raised in the paper) joining the group electronically. Deborah has developed software called RIMMF (RDA in many metadata formats) which includes templates for inputting data into RDA elements. In the process of creating these templates, she identified what she believed were elements missing from the RDA element set.
Deborah noted that there seemed to be two categories of notes in RDA: (a) there are groups of elements and sub-elements in chapters 2 and 3 that are labeled "Notes on ..." and (b) there are instructions (mostly in chapters 3 and 7) that are labeled "Details of ...". This distinction was explained by Tom Delsey in 2006 as (a) those that made a comment about an element, and (b) those that were a different way of recording the same attribute, i.e., free-text as opposed to a controlled term. The JSC agreed that the "Details of ..." instructions were in fact elements. The question of whether the distinction described above is needed or whether the "Notes on ..." elements should be treated in the same way as the "Details of ..." elements is a data modeling question that will be referred to a JSC technical working group.
Deborah had also identified a group of "authority-type" elements, primarily in chapters 5 and 8, that seemed to be generally related to any of all elements in the descriptions of persons, families, corporate bodies, works, and expressions -- elements such as Source consulted and Status of identification. The JSC noted that these elements were data-about-data (meta-metadata); the JSC had already noted the need to provide a model for the inclusion of such meta-metadata in RDA descriptions, a task that will be referred to a JSC technical group.
Unresolved vocabulary issues
The JSC has been attempting to provide definitions for terms in the RDA value vocabularies. The JSC secretary had prepared a document outlining the unresolved issues. The JSC looked at several of these issues.
- When the same term is used in more than one vocabulary, it will be necessary to make the labels in the Glossary unique, preferably by changing one or more of the labels or (if that fails) by adding a parenthetical qualifying term.
- In cases where RDA has multiple vocabularies for use with different types of resources (e.g., colour, colour of still image, colour of moving image, etc.), the JSC would like to merge those vocabularies into a single vocabulary. It was decided to do that in the case of Production method.
- The implementation of both these decisions will be informed by lists of how similar situations are treated in the translations of RDA.
Unresolved Fast Track issues
The JSC approved about ten Fast Track proposals for inclusion in the February 2014 release of the RDA Toolkit.
Note that the deadline for submitting Fast Track proposals for the February release is November 15, 2013.
6JSC/ISBD/Discussion/1 and 2/JSC response/ISBD response
The ISBD Review Group submitted a draft revision of RDA Appendix D.1, along with some issues for discussion. The JSC agreed:
- to clarify the purpose of Appendix D.1.1 as stated in D.0
- to link to the ISBD-to-RDA mapping that will shortly be published, and to create an RDA-to-ISBD mapping
- to develop protocols for the joint maintenance of these mappings, in collaboration with the ISBD Review Group
- to replace the content of D.1.2 and D.1.3 with links to the consolidated ISBD, and
- to move the content of D.1 to the Tools tab in the RDA Toolkit, so that it would be available without a subscription.
The JSC will review and update Appendix D.1 based on the draft.
6JSC/CCC/12: Revision of Appendix D regarding capitalization practice
The proposal was withdrawn.
6JSC/ALA/22: Revision of A.29, Capitalization of hyphenated compounds; changes in Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010)
The proposal was to change the capitalization of hyphenated compounds in RDA, based on revisions in the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. There was no consensus in favour of the proposal, and it was withdrawn. Two of the specific changes (those involving headings in RDA) were approved.
6JSC/ISBD/Discussion/3: ISBD Profile in RDA: Constructing functionally interoperable core records
The ISBD Review Group submitted a draft profile comparing ISBD and RDA provisions and indicating how to construct RDA descriptions that are interoperable with ISBD. The Group asked for comments by November 30, 2013. Given the short timeframe, the JSC will make only a brief response. The main point to be made is that the document should clearly indicate what version of the RDA text was used, as it was clear that it did not include the revisions published in the July 2013 release.
Any other business
The JSC completed action on a number of proposals that had required additional work during the week. Actions arising from the meeting were assigned to JSC members or constituencies, and target dates were established.
Outcomes of the meeting
A document announcing the outcomes of the meeting will be drafted by the Secretary. It will contain a brief description of each proposal, and a general description of the decision made. This document should be posted on the JSC website in mid-January 2014.
After the JSC Secretary has prepared the final revision text for each proposal, she will post the text on the JSC website in a .../Sec final document. The revisions will be published in the April release of the RDA Toolkit, which will include a "revision history" section.
In its final action, the JSC acknowledged the contributions of Barbara Tillett, whose term as JSC Chair is now completed. Barbara has been a member of the JSC since 1994, and has been instrumental in the successful accomplishment of many of the JSC's initiatives, not least the development of RDA.
The new JSC Chair is Gordon Dunsire, formerly the CILIP representative.