Frequently Asked Questions

What is RIMMF?


  • a visualization tool for catalogers, to help them to get used to thinking RDA, instead of AACR/MARC.
  • a cataloging training tool, to help educators teach RDA thinking
  • software designed for Windows computers1)2).

What RIMMF is not

RIMMF is not a cataloging tool, because you cannot (yet) export records that can be used in an ILS, without some tweaking.

Again, the purpose of RIMMF is to help you think about RDA without the constraints of MARC and AACR. In RIMMF we practice making, cloning, importing, and linking RDA entity records to get a solid idea of how much the RDA way of thinking will change the way we do cataloging, hopefully for the better.


Why do we need RIMMF? Because just reading RDA or about RDA does not give us a good understanding of how it will actually work; seeing RDA in action is what will turn the tide in it's favor.

We have a long way to go before we can replace MARC in our complicated cataloging infrastructure, but we have to start somewhere; in this spirit, we offer RIMMF, an aid to help catalogers to visualize what cataloging might be like in an RDA future.

Why “RIMMF”?

The original concept was something like: RDA In Many Metadata Formats.

RIMMF is well on its way to exporting 'records' in MARC, XML, RDF, etc.

But for now we are mainly concentrating our efforts on an interface to RDA thinking and trying to make sure it is both 'faithful' to the model and 'flexible' enough to be useful to more than one type of user or group.

How do I get RIMMF?

Click 'Download' in the sidebar on the left and follow the steps there.

Who created RIMMF?

RIMMF was created by Deborah Fritz, after realizing that the main problem with talking RDA was a difficulty visualizing how it might work (some more details on this may be found here). RIMMF was rendered into software by Richard Fritz. Together we are TMQ, Inc. (a.k.a. The MARC of Quality®), and we've been doing things like this since 1992.

You can find out more about us at:

How much does RIMMF cost?

RIMMF is free; there are no obligations, no time limit, no annoying forms to fill out, no spam, and no marketing surveys.


Click here for RIMMF licensing information

I have questions, I need help, etc.

If you have questions about using RIMMF, found a problem, have a suggestion, etc., please check here to see whether your issue or question has already been answered. If not, then send an email to <html> <a href='&#109;&#97;&#105;&#108;&#116;&#111;&#58;&#114;&#105;&#109;&#109;&#102;&#64;&#109;&#97;&#114;&#99;&#111;&#102;&#113;&#117;&#97;&#108;&#105;&#116;&#121;&#46;&#99;&#111;&#109;'>&#82;&#73;&#77;&#77;&#70;</a></html>; be sure to begin the subject line with 'RIMMF', too.

Is source code available for RIMMF?

RIMMF is based upon commercial components that we cannot redistribute. See the list of technical specifications for the RIMMF software.

If you have these products, then theoretically you will be able to compile RIMMF on your machine.

However, we have one chunk of our own code (from MARC Report) that we cannot share right now–we are working on a solution for this issue.

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Is there a 'Mac/OS X' or *NIX version?

RIMMF runs on linux machines under WINE (tested on ubuntu 16.x; it might also run on Mac/OS via WINE, but we have not found that setup satisfactory). Here's a link to a version compiled for linux/wine:

There are plenty of web pages that explain how to get and build wine on Ubuntu, and its fairly simple.

RIMMF requires Windows 7 or later
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries
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