It is our understanding that RDA data should be entered in a (deceptively) simple form (with lots of help provided underneath to make it simple) and then the RDA data should be exported in whatever format suits whoever wants to use that data: RDF, XML, even MARC, and ...
'Real' software of this sort is not yet available, but, in the meantime, we have designed a prototype of input software using the RDA element sets and relationships, which we call RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats). We will be releasing this prototype for free, unlimited, non-commercial use for training and experimentation; hopefully by the end of May, and we are taking it on tour to see what libraries think of it.
RIMMF is designed to be:
- a visualization tool for catalogers, to help them to get used to thinking RDA, instead of thinking AACR/MARC
- a cataloging training tool, to help educators teach RDA thinking
RIMMF is not a cataloging tool, because, although you can make and save data, it does not allow you to save records that you can actually use in an ILS. It does, however, let you apply RDA thinking, and it allows you to practice creating, cloning, and copying WEMI and other RDA entity 'records' (not MARC records), so that you can get a good idea of how much the RDA/FRBR way of thinking will change the way we do cataloging, hopefully for the better.
This short (90 minute) presentation will explain how RIMMF was designed to follow RDA thinking, and then illustrate how to use RIMMF to create data for a completely new work, and how to add new manifestation data for an existing work/expression. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience.