Vol. 7 No. 2 (2016): RDA, Resource Description and Access: The metamorphosis of cataloguing

RDA and ISBD: history of a relationship

Elena Escolano Rodrìguez
Ministerio de Defensa

Published 2016-05-15


  • Estándar de contenido,
  • estándar funcional,
  • metadatos,
  • Linked data,
  • web semántica,
  • catalogación
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How to Cite

Escolano Rodrìguez, Elena. 2016. “RDA and ISBD: History of a Relationship”. JLIS.It 7 (2):49-82. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-11703.


This article attempts to clarify the nature of the relationship between the RDA and ISBD standards in order to be able to understand their differences and vinculations, as well as to remove some misinterpretations about this relationship. With this objective, some aspects that can affect their differences, such as types of standards, points of view, scope, origin, policies of the creation and development group or organization in charge that logically justify these differences, are analyzed. These have not presented any obstacles for a correct relationship with the help of the Linked Data technology. In this article, account is also given of the work done of mappings and alignments between the standards in order to contribute properly to the Semantic Web. This knowledge is the one fundamental required for current catalogers to use standards judiciously, knowledgeably and responsibly.


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