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Upcoming DCMI Events

» 8-11 October 2014: DC-2014, Austin, Texas, USA (Host: Texas Digital Library)

» 1-5 September 2015: DC-2015, São Paulo, Brazil (Host: UNESP (Universidade Estadual Paulista—São Paulo State University)


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Metadata is fundamental in enabling ubiquitous access to cultural and scientific resources through galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). While fundamental, GLAM traditions in documentation and organization lead to significant differences in both their languages of description and domain practices. And yet, the push is on for "radically open cultural heritage data"* that bridges these differences as well as those across the humanities and the natural sciences. DC-2014 will explore the role of metadata in spanning the archipelago of siloed cultural memory in an emerging context of linked access to data repositories as well as repositories of cultural artifacts.

*John Voss, « Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web »

8-11 October 2014 :: Austin, Texas, U.S. :: Go to conference website


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Preliminary Program published for DC-2014

2014-08-13, The Texas Digital Library and the Conference Committee of DC-2014 in Austin, Texas has published the preliminary program of the DCMI International Conference at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/program14. The conference on Thursday and Friday, 9-10 October, features keynote speaker, Eric Miller, paper sessions, project reports, posters (including best practice posters and demonstrations), and an array of special sessions. Wednesday and Saturday pre- and post-conference events include tutorials and workshops: Training the Trainers for Linked Data, RDF Validation in the Cultural Heritage Community, Fonds & Bonds: Archival Metadata, Tools, and Identity Management, and Positioning DCMI & Dublin Core in the Metadata Ecosystem. Special Session sponsors include the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA),OCLC & Yandex, Library of Congress, the Harry Ransom Center and the DCMI Technical Board. Registration is now open at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2014. Day registrations are available.

DC-2014 special session: "Fonds & Bonds" archival metadata workshop

2014-07-22, DCMI, the Texas Digital Library and the Harry Ransom Center are pleased to announce this DC-2014 special pre-conference event that will bring together experts and practitioners to explore archival description in the cultural heritage descriptive landscape and the emergence of authority files/identity description as an opportunity for cultural heritage cross-community collaboration. In addition, this day-long workshop to be held at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus will provide attendees with the latest information on key metadata editing and management tools used by the working archivist. You will not want to miss "Fonds & Bonds: Archival Metadata, Tools, and Identity Management." Space for this special event is limited, so register now for DC-2014 at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014/register.

DC-2014 post-conference workshop: "Training the Trainers of Linked Data"

2014-07-22, DCMI and the Texas Digital Library invite you to register for this day-long, hands-on "Training the Trainers of Linked Data" post-conference workshop to be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Linked Data has gained momentum, and practitioners are eager to use its principles to derive more value from metadata. Available handbooks and training materials focus on an audience with a computer science background. However, people with a non-technical education find it hard to understand what Linked Data can mean for them. This full-day, hands-on workshop will provide an overview of methods and case studies from the handbook "Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums" (2014, ALA/Neal-Schuman). Using freely available tools and data, this workshop will teach you how to clean, reconcile, enrich, and publish your metadata. Participants will learn about concepts, methods, and tools that they can use on their own, or to teach others within their own institutions, to get more value from metadata. Space for this special event is limited, so register now for DC-2014 at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014/register.

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The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, or "DCMI", is an open organization supporting innovation in metadata design and best practices across the metadata ecology. DCMI's activities include work on architecture and modeling, discussions and collaborative work in DCMI Communities and DCMI Task Groups, global conferences, meetings and workshops, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and best practices.

DCMI maintains a number of formal and informal liaisons and relationships with standards bodies and other metadata organizations.


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DCMI has a set of "work themes" that focus the Initiative as a whole and change as the metadata ecosystem evolves. The themes address broad issues in metadata that cut across the more siloed interests of domain-specific Communities and Task Groups within the Initiative. These DCMI-supported work themes receive targeted attention and commitment of resources from DCMI as an organization.

Platform-independent Application Profiles

The DCMI Abstract Model (DCAM), published as a DCMI Recommendation in 2007, provides an abstract syntax for packaging Semantic-Web-compatible data in validatable record formats. DCAM was designed to bridge the modern paradigm of the unbounded Linked Data graph and the more familiar paradigm of the validatable metadata record, locally managed and constrained using a myriad of software platforms and implementation technologies. For five years, DCAM has inspired a wide range of deployment experiences, and the core RDF standards themselves continue to be extended. The activity "platform-independent application profiles" is re-evaluating the need and requirements for a common language to express metadata design patterns, both as templates for Linked-Data-compatible data formats and as reference points for creating and consuming coherent metadata within communities of discourse and practice.

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Mapping Diverse Vocabularies

While DCMI Metadata Terms and other core vocabularies increase the coherence of metadata by providing shared reference points, the unavoidable proliferation of diverse but overlapping vocabularies threatens to create metadata silos. A key part of the solution is to create machine-readable mappings. The activity "mapping diverse vocabularies" aims at mapping DCMI metadata terms to related terms in other vocabularies. In the absence of well-established practices for publishing and maintaining such mappings, this activity aspires to establish a workflow and publication practices that can be adopted by other vocabulary maintainers. The starting point for this activity is a mapping to the terms defined by the Schema.org initiative.

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Sustainable Vocabularies

As a foundation for applications, the value of any given vocabulary depends on the perceived certainty that the vocabulary—both its machine-readable schemas and human-readable specification documents—will remain reliably accessible over time and that its URIs will not be sold, re-purposed, or simply forgotten. In order to raise awareness of this issue, DCMI has formulated an agreement with the FOAF Project, which is owned by individuals, with contingency plans for transferring maintenance control in the short or long term should exigent circumstances require. This activity examines the issues around vocabulary sustainability and governance with the goal of formulating best practices and, ultimately, of ensuring that our vocabularies will be preserved by society's long-term memory institutions.

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