Our development of RIMMF grew out of our need to understand RDA thinking.
As a cataloging trainer faced with the prospect of training catalogers to follow RDA guidelines and instructions instead of AACR rules, Deborah knew she had to understand RDA before she could hope to explain it to anyone else. Because she is a very visual person, she felt that she would never understand RDA without seeing it in action, despite attending many presentations over the course of 10 or so years and pestering the RDA experts with countless questions.
Fortunately, Richard (the programmer) agreed to try his hand at making an RDA input form. It is often best that we don't know how complicated things will turn out to be, before we begin 'taking a stab' at those things. Suffice it to say, that there will always be more to be done to satisfy our dreams and aspirations for RIMMF, but (sometime in 2012) the time finally came for us to put it out there for others to see and use and critique and improve through suggestions.
We have developed RIMMF as:
- A visualization tool: to help you to understand the RDA concepts of attributes and relationships of the FRBR (now LRM) entities, by allowing you to enter descriptive data about the attributes of those entities and then link the descriptive data between related entities.
- A training tool: to allow anyone who is trying to teach RDA the opportunity to make actual RDA-based metadata description sets ('records') that link to other RDA-based metadata description sets.
- A development tool: to show where further work might be needed on the RDA elements and vocabulary terms.
- A software prototype: to illustrate a few of the many interface possibilities that might be available in an RDA/FRBR world.
Internally, RIMMF is an application that is modeled on 'RDA Scenario A', and (as of version 5) exports only RDF triple statements (not MARC).
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