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» 23 June 2014: DCMI Regional Meeting: Making Metadata Work, London, UK
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» 8-11 October 2014: DC-2014, Austin, Texas, USA (Host: Texas Digital Library)

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


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» 25-27 September 2014: euroIA: Europe's premiere information architecture / user experience conference
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Extension of DC-2014 "Call for Participation" to 17 May 2014

2014-04-16, The deadline for submission of full papers, project reports and posters to the peer reviewed program for DC-2014 in Austin, Texas has been extended by two weeks to 17 May 2014. In addition to submissions related to the conference theme —Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory, submissions are welcome on any topic addressing metadata models, technologies and applications. Submissions describing innovative best practices in metadata are welcome from practitioners as well as researchers and application developers. The "Call for Submissions" can be found at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014/cfp

Become a DC-2014 sponsor!

2014-04-16, The Texas Digital Library and the Conference Committee for DC-2014 in Austin Texas in October are pleased to offer a limited number of sponsors the opportunity to present themselves directly to the conference participants and to a global audience beyond the conference venue. The sponsorship categories for DC-2014 range from provision of fellowship funding to support access to the conference and pre- and post-conference activities by recipients otherwise unable to attend to flash drives containing the open proceedings. Additional information regarding the categories of sponsorship and how to become a DC-2014 Sponsor can be found at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/2014-cfs.

Inaugural chairs named to DCMI Advisory Board standing committees

2014-04-16, DCMI is pleased to announce the inaugural chairs of the Advisory Board's new standing committees. Ana Alice Baptista, University of Minho, Portugal, and Wei (Keven) Liu, Shanghai Library will serve as co-chairs of the Education & Outreach Committee. Muriel Foulonneau, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg, and Emma Tonkin, King's College London will co-chair the Conferences & Meetings Committee. The inaugural chairs will shepherd their respective committees through refinement of the committee charges and formulation or working processes. For the full announcement of the new appointments, see Advisory Board Chair Marcia Zeng's message to the DCMI Community at http://dublincore.org/news/chairMessage/20140416/.


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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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