As a successor to the widely used AACR2, the new international code Resource Description & Access, RDA has been designed. Based on FRBR, RDA was developed to enable the description of any resource in an electronic environment. RDA is independent of format and display. RDA was released in 2010, and is available in print format and as online tool, the RDA toolkit. Maintenance of the standard is in the responsibility of the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC).

The RDA initiative has created a great expectation among the international library community, which has been heavily involved in the preparatory work. The British Library, Library and Archives Canada, the Library of Congress and the National Library of Australiay have already implemented RDA and the German-speaking library community with their national libraries will follow in 2015.

More information on RDA can be found on the following sites: