There are so many more comprehensible ways these could have been phrased. We could be invited to see also “the body founded by the person”, or “the body the person founded”. The phrase “Founded corporate body of person” is (one assumes) clear to whoever devised it, is obscure to you and me, and will be meaningless to a user.







Richard Moore

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From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Adam L. Schiff
Sent: 07 September 2016 23:57
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Subject: [RDA-L] "founded corporate body" now three wordy RDs


Has anyone yet noticed this change to Appendix K from the August release of the RDA Toolkit:


“founded corporate body” has now been split up into three designators with truly unfortunate phrases:


founded corporate body of person  An organization that the person founded.

founded corporate body of family  An organization that the family founded.

founded corporate body of corporate body  A corporate body that the other corporate body founded.


Besides the unwieldiness of these phrases, and the difficulty that catalogers will have interpreting them, I’m wondering if PCC will make any effort to replace all of the existing 5XXs that have the old RD with the appropriate new one?


Adam L. Schiff

Principal Cataloger

University of Washington Libraries

Cataloging & Metadata Services

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Seattle, WA 98195-2900

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