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The announcement below has been posted on the RSC website.

Regards, Judy Kuhagen
Secretary, RDA Steering Committee

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The RLS-athon, focusing on Robert Louis Stevenson and his works, is the
latest Jane-athon.  It was held November 9, 2015 at Edinburgh Centre for
Carbon Innovation in Edinburgh, Scotland, following the JSC meeting. The
event was organized by the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Scotland in
collaboration with the JSC.

Over 40 people from Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands, Scotland,
and the U.S., including several members of the JSC, attended the day-long
event.  Most attendees used RIMMF (RDA in Many Metadata Formats) to create
descriptions and establish relationships for the novels *Treasure Island*,
*The* *Master of Ballantrae*, and other works.  One of the groups focused
on rare materials as an extension of the November 6 international seminar
on RDA and rare materials, while another discussed RDA and the requirements
of national libraries.

The RLs base r-ball for Stevenson’s novels and non-fiction was augmented
during the day by the addition of 140 entities, including the book
sculpture of Treasure Island found during Book Week Scotland in 2012.

A new aspect at this event was a set of short presentations showing how RDA
and RIMMF were being used at the National Library of Scotland to improve
legacy data in existing systems.

The Edinburgh event was preceded by the Maurice Dance, another successful
Jane-athon focusing on Maurice Gee and his works, held October 16, 2015 at
the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington. This event was of a
similar size, and honored by an introduction by the National Librarian.

Both events have provided valuable feedback to the RDA Steering Committee
and the RDA Development Team – and once again the participants had fun
doing so, judging by the photographs.

The next Jane-athon will be the Boston Thing-athon at Harvard University on
January 7, 2016. (See information at

More information, including downloads of RIMMF and RDF r-balls,
photographs, presentations, and reports is available:


Maurice Dance: