What is new

  • RIMMF3 is now available for download
    • Be aware that we are in a period of rapid change, and so we will be continuing to make improvements and fixes for the foreseeable future; so you should check for updates often. Read the update notes provided at the finish of each update installation to find out what we have done.
  • Check out our RIMMF Tutorials
  • See MARC Report for help with RDA while you are still stuck in MARC

NOTE: This is the RIMMF3 wiki; for RIMMF1, click here for RIMMF2, click here


What does it mean? RIMMF stands for “RDA in Many Metadata Formats”. We call it this because it is our understanding that RDA data should be entered in a (deceptively) simple form (with lots of help provided underneath to make it simple) and that data should then be exported in whatever format suits whoever wants to use it: RDF, XML, even MARC, and …

What is it? RIMMF is:

  • a visualization tool for catalogers, to help them to get used to thinking of RDA, instead of thinking AACR/MARC
  • a cataloging training tool, to help educators teach RDA thinking (which is an implementation of FRBR thinking)

RIMMF is not a cataloging tool, because you cannot (yet) export records that can be used in an ILS (at least, not without some manual tweaking of those (MARC) records ). But it does let you apply RDA thinking to resources, and practice making, cloning, importing, and copying WEMI and other RDA entity records, so that you can get a solid idea of how much the RDA way of thinking will change the way we do cataloging, hopefully for the better. In a sense, RIMMF is a prototype and sandbox for how a cataloging interface might look in RDA.

Why use RIMMF? Because just reading about RDA is not inspiring; seeing a bit of RDA in action is what will turn the tide in its favor. We have a long way to go before we can replace MARC in our complicated cataloging infrastructure, but it is our hope that RIMMF might allow us to visualize a better, simpler way to do cataloging, someday.

How you can try it

  • Click 'Download' in the sidebar on the left and follow instructions to install RIMMF
  • Click 'User Guide' in the sidebar for help on using it
  • Licensing? Click the Creative Commons icon in the bottom bar below
  • RIMMF is free, subject to the CC license, with no time limit, no annoying forms to fill out, no marketing surveys, no spam


Here are some details about using RIMMF

Find out more about the makers of RIMMF at:

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