On 14/01/2013 23:57, MULLEN Allen wrote:
Rules for creating metadata arguably involves in retrieval and display functions, if in no other regard than this determines what is available for retrieval and display. However, the impact of RDA is far more profound than this, or even GMD – the remodeling of data entity relationships (including WEMI) and utilization of linked data will facilitate multiple retrieval and display capabilities beyond what are currently offered, even disregarding integration with outside resources and even in the absence of Bibframe, albeit less capably.
This is one of those claims that really must be demonstrated and should not be accepted on faith. All functions of people finding WEMI can be done now in the correct catalog. Adding the relationships will do as much harm to access as good–at the very least it will make it far more complex for searchers. Changing the formats we share with other communities to Bibframe, or just changing to MODS where the field and subfield tags are changed to natural language, would make our data more widely accessible to the wider community. For various reasons, I still have my doubts that the wider community will find our records so incredibly useful but it should be done ASAP. The necessity is to make our records available, see what people do with them (if anything) and proceed from there. At this point it is all speculation.
The most compelling argument for RDA is that there is no alternative. Although there are alternatives.