So I have to confess I can’t bring myself to read the RDA draft. I’m not even sure where it’s located. It’s somehow just too depressing and likely to make me mad. Not to mention it’s intimidatingly gigantic , and I know if I start I’m going to want to read the whole thing. Man, I wonder if anyone’s read the whole thing.
But I’m pretty sure some people have at least looked at some of it?
I was reminded by reading Martha Yee’s tribute to Lubetzky referenced in the last post that, at one point, RDA promised us it was going to be ‘principles-based’, not just setting down arcane combinations of rules whose complicated interactions mechanically followed would result in text. (Gee, you think I’m talking about AACR2?) But explaining the principle behind each rule — what it was for and intended to actually accomplish, it’s purpose — to aid the cataloger in figuring out how it actually made sense to apply. (And, also, I’d mention, a crucial aid to anyone trying to work with data so created in a sophisticated way).
But I have the impression it hasn’t actually done this much at all.
Can anyone speak to that?