Description and Access:
An Introduction to RDA, FRBR, and Linked Data
Eight-Week Online Learning Workshop
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Professional Development Institute
- Next Offerings:
Offerings may possibly resume in 2016.
- Limited to 35 Participants
- Registration Deadline:
Two weeks before the workshop start date, but
sessions often fill up within a few days after
publicly announcing them on email lists. They are often closed several weeks
before the registration deadline.
$325 ($299 for students)
Steven J. Miller
- Registrant's email: When registering, please use the name and email address of the person taking the workshop; this name and address will be entered into the online course system and used for workshop communication.
and Workshop Focus:
eight-week online workshop provides a beginners-level
introduction to RDA and its underlying conceptual models of FRBR and FRAD.
This workshop does not provide detailed training in RDA cataloging. It does,
however, give a beginning introduction to cataloging with RDA, an overview of
what's different from cataloging with AACR2, and a handful of introductory cataloging
exercises. It introduces participants to creating RDA data outside of MARC,
and subsequently shows how RDA data can be expressed in the current MARC
environment as well as in an RDF / Linked Data environment.
workshop is intended for catalogers, students, and anyone else who has a
solid working knowledge of AACR2 and MARC, at least at an introductory
level. It is not a beginning level cataloging workshop for those with no
prior cataloging knowledge or experience with AACR2 and MARC.
workshop is, however, aimed primarily at those with little or no prior
knowledge of either FRBR or RDA. It covers these at an introductory,
- It is
important to understand that this workshop is not aimed at
those who already have a moderate or higher level of familiarity with FRBR
and/or RDA and consider themselves beyond a basic, introductory level.
This workshop will be too simple for these people.
workshop is not a comprehensive guide to cataloging with RDA and MARC.
Instead, it seeks to enable participants to move more readily into learning
that through other sources, having given a solid foundation in the structure
of RDA, its conceptual foundations, and some introductory cataloging
practice both outside of MARC and in MARC.
goal of the workshop is to give participants a solid introductory conceptual
knowledge of FRBR and RDA and thereby better position them to be
knowledgeably prepared for RDA implementation as well as for more detailed
RDA cataloging training.
- Resource Description
and Access (RDA) is the new set of cataloging rules replacing the
Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2). But RDA is more than just a set of
rules. It is built on several underlying conceptual models, is intended as a
metadata scheme for use both within and outside of a MARC encoding
environment, and is positioned for application within the developing Linked
Data environment, including RDA properties and vocabularies formally
registered on the Web.
- This eight-week
online workshop first introduces participants to the FRBR and FRAD
conceptual models that underlie RDA. (FRBR and FRAD = Functional
Requirements for Bibliographic Records and for Authority Data.) It goes on
to introduce participants to the structure of RDA, the use of the online RDA
Toolkit, how to catalog using RDA, and a high-level overview of how to create RDA MARC records. It
includes special focus on what is new and different when cataloging with RDA
compared to AACR2. It also shows how RDA may be applied in enhanced database
structures and in an RDF / Linked Data environment.
- This workshop focuses
on the underlying conceptual models and core aspects of RDA, and teaches how
to catalog with RDA outside of MARC before showing how it can be implemented
in current MARC records as well. It gives participants a solid introductory
knowledge of FRBR and RDA, along with a bit about Linked Data, in order to
position them to be knowledgeably prepared for RDA implementation and
- The workshop is the online equivalent of a
2-3 day onsite continuing education workshop. It is not a graded course. No grades or continuing education units (CEUs) are given. The workshop
includes weekly non-graded exercises. Upon completion of the workshop, those who have submitted all the exercises will receive
a PDF certificate of completion.
This is an “asynchronous” online learning workshop.
There will be no “real-time” sessions during which everyone must be online
at the same time.
But there may be two
or three optional live online meetings using web conferencing
software, if there is sufficient interest and availability.
- The workshop is structured into
weekly units with deadlines for submitting exercises by a given
deadline. Within that framework participants may work through the content at whatever pace, location, and time of day they wish.
- The workshop
should take most participants approximately 5-7 hours per week.
- The workshop will be delivered through the D2L online learning courseware.
- A few days before the workshop begins, participants will receive a login ID and password for accessing the workshop web site.
- Content will be delivered in the form of PDF files. Interaction with the instructor and other participants will take place through listserv-like discussion forums internal to the workshop site. The site includes an area for submitting exercises.
- Upon completion of the workshop, including submission of all the exercises, each participant will receive a certificate of completion in PDF format for printing
(preliminary draft outline subject to some possible revision):
Segment 1: Introduction
- Week 1:
Introduction to the Workshop
- Current status
- Conceptual and
data models; catalog cards, ISBD, AACR2, MARC, entity-relationship
models, linked data.
- Future vision
for RDA and library bibliographic and authority data.
Segment 2: FRBR and FRAD
- Week 2: Introduction to
the FRBR Conceptual Model; FRBR Entities and General Relationships
- The FRBR
entities; Bibliographic relationships; general relationships.
- Exercises in identifying
and distinguishing FRBR entities and general relationships among
- Week 3:
FRBR Attributes and Relationships; the FRAD Conceptual Model
FRBR entities; Specific types of relationships; FRAD model,
entities, attributes, & relationships.
- Exercises: identifying FRBR
and specific relationships among entities.
Segment 3: RDA: Resource Description and Access
- Week 4:
Introduction to RDA
- RDA Toolkit (access provided during the course of the workshop); RDA structure;
Core elements; Changes in terminology and approach from AACR2; RDA element set
(properties) and vocabularies.
- Exercises: learning RDA structure, relationships of parts and chapters to
current types of data; RDA Toolkit use and navigation.
- Week 5: Cataloging with
RDA 1: Recording Attributes
attributes of manifestation and item; Carrier and media types; Recording
attributes of work and expression; Content types; Specific changes
in descriptive cataloging practice from AACR2.
- Exercises: cataloging resources using RDA (apart from MARC and ISBD):
creating descriptions (manifestation attributes, carrier and media
types, content, content types).
- Week 6: Cataloging with
RDA 2: Recording Relationships
primary relationships among manifestations, expressions, & works; Recording
relationships to persons, families, and corporate bodies; Recording
relationships to related resources (manifestations, expressions,
works); Use of identifiers, authorized access points, descriptions,
and relationship designators.
- Exercises: cataloging resources using RDA (apart from
ISBD and MARC): creating access points and descriptions for
relationships to works and expressions, to persons and corporate
bodies, and to related resources.
Segment 4: Encoding RDA for Computer Processing
- Week 7:
Expressing RDA Data in MARC
- Options for
encoding RDA for machine processing: Database records,
MARC, XML, RDF, Linked Data and the Semantic Web; Character strings
versus identifiers and URIs.
- Expressing RDA
data in MARC bibliographic and authority records; MARC
bibliographic fields Leader/18; 040$e; 336, 337, 338; 7XX$i; MARC relator
codes and terms; Differences
between AACR2 and RDA MARC bibliographic records.
translating RDA cataloging data from previous exercises into MARC bibliographic records.
- Week 8:
Expressing RDA Data as RDF / Linked Data
introduction to the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Linked Data;
RDA properties and vocabularies in the Open Metadata Registry, VIAF,
For questions about registration, payment, login IDs and passwords, contact the Professional Development Institute Director,
Catherine Hansen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-229-3123.
For questions about workshop content and requirements, contact the instructor,
Steven Miller: email@example.com or 414-229-6640.
- World Wide Web connection; “Pentium-class” computer (faster than a 486) with at least 128 Mb of RAM. For PC: Internet Explorer 6 or higher; For Mac: Mac OS X and Netscape 7.1 or higher.
- Software and ability to work with WWW, E-mail, Listservs, Acrobat PDF Reader, E-mail Attachments, Microsoft Word.
- Ability to contact your Internet Service Provider for technical assistance on Internet connection and tools. The instructor will assist with workshop courseware access and use, but will not provide computer hardware, software, or Internet technical support.
- The workshop is delivered via the Desire2Learn (D2L) Course Management Software. Click on the following URL to find out if you have the right hardware and web browser settings to use D2L: https://uwm.courses.wisconsin.edu/d2l/tools/system_check/systemCheck.asp?ou=7062
About the Instructor:
Steven J. Miller is a
Senior Lecturer at the UWM School of Information Studies. He teaches courses
and workshops in information organization, cataloging, metadata,
information architecture, taxonomies, ontologies, RDF, and the Semantic Web. He was a professional cataloger and later head of
the monographs cataloging department at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries from 1994-2006 before becoming a full-time
Lecturer. He developed and taught continuing education workshops in
cataloging for the Library of Congress and OCLC during that time, and has
been active in various professional organizations and has given numerous
conference presentations as well.