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 one and only programmer we have at TMQ, and its co-owner and co-decision-maker) 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 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:
At present, you cannot use RIMMF to make 'records' that will be useful in your library system. This is partly by design, and partly because no one seems to know what the format of such records will, or should, be.