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DCMI Affiliate Program
DCMI Membership Programs
Why Become a DCMI Member?
DCMI Members support the work of DCMI, participate in its governance, and receive benefits such as access to content, discounts for events, and visibility. DCMI is an organization committed to the development and open availability of resources that support a healthy global metadata ecosystem. Annual membership dues by DCMI members play a significant role in ensuring that DCMI continues to advance this commitment to support innovation in metadata design and best practice. Regional Members and Institutional Members help shape DCMI by: (1) bringing their institutional perspectives to the work agenda of the Initiative through active participation on the governing Oversight Committee; and (2) supporting the efforts of an international community of volunteer metadata experts. Supporting Members (private-sector companies and foundations) and Individual Members (interested individuals and students) support DCMI and enjoy membership benefits without formal duties related to governance.
The work of DCMI requires dedicated, paid effort funded through the annual contributions of DCMI members. These paid efforts include:
The Individual Member category is designed for people interested in supporting the work of DCMI while enjoying substantial benefits. DCMI is comprised of individuals with common interests in metadata design and best practice who invest in the health of the metadata ecology and want to share knowledge and experiences. The DCMI community deeply values the contributions of its global membership of metadata researchers, practitioners and students interested in the innovative work that drives metadata discourse and practice. Joining as an Individual Member provides DCMI 'citizens' with an additional, optional means to further guarantee that the DCMI community will continue to thrive and to contribute.
DCMI offers a discounted membership rate to encourage students to become engaged with the community and to support retired professionals in remaining engaged.
Individual Members receive a range of benefits including:
Discounted registration for the DCMI's Annual Meeting & International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications;
Access to the printable version of the full proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications; and
An Institutional Member is a public entity, a not-for-profit organization, a governmental agency, a quasi-governmental agency or a supra-governmental agency. Institutional Members need not be incorporated entities if otherwise recognized by DCMI. An Institutional Member may be an entity within the "Locale of influence" of a DCMI Regional Member. Institutional Members play a key role in DCMI governance through the active participation of their respective Representatives in the deliberations and decisions of the Governing Board.
Institutional Members appoint a voting representative to the Governing Board and participate in governance deliberations and decisions;
Institutional Members receive one free registration for the annual international conference for the Institutional Member representative (and additional registrations at a discount). Access to DCMI webinars are free for the Institutional Member representative;
The logos of Institutional Members appear on the DCMI website, DCMI annual conference and regional meetings websites and are linked to the Members' homepages;
Institutional Member membership and renewals are announced on the DCMI website, on DCMI social media channels, and RSS feed;
Institutional Members may use the DCMI "Institutional Member" logo on their websites and in other Institutional Member-related media;
Institutional Members can provide information (brochures and other media) to be included in DCMI annual conference delegate bags and on USB memory drives containing the conference proceedings;
Early availability of DCMI 'preview content' (e.g., pre-publication of online tutorials) for the Institutional Member representative;
Select Institutional Member-organized event presentations can be arranged at DCMI annual meeting;
Institutional Member-initiated regional events can be co-organized with DCMI (to the extent DCMI resources permit); and
A Supporting Member is any private sector entity including companies and foundations interested in promoting the well-being of DCMI. A Supporting Member need not actually use DCMI specifications in either products or services.
Supporting Member representatives may attend meetings of the Governing Board as observers;
Supporting Members receive one free registration for the annual international conference for the Supporting Member representative (and additional registrations at a discount). Registration for DCMI webinars are free for the Supporting Member representative;
Early availability of DCMI 'preview content' (e.g., pre-publication of online tutorials) for the Supporting Member representative;
Name and a logo of the Supporting Member are listed on the Member page of the DCMI website;
Name and a logo of the Supporting Member will be listed in the Member area of the DCMI Open Conference System website;
Supporting Member initial membership and annual renewals will be announced in the announcements section of DCMI website, distributed through the DCMI RSS feed, and through DCMI's social media outlets;
Supporting Member logos on the DCMI website and the DCMI conference website will be linked to a page on the Supporting Member's website;
The Supporting Member logo will be included in all official DCMI presentations where Regional Members, Institutional Members, Supporting Members and Supporting Members are listed;
The Supporting Member has the right to distribute two Member-provided brochures in delegate bags at the DCMI annual events; and
A Regional Member is a voting member of the DCMI Governing Board with the right to brand activities and outcomes as being endorsed by DCMI within a regional locale of influence. A Regional Member is a public entity, a not-for-profit organization, a governmental agency, a quasi-governmental agency or a supra-governmental agency. Regional Members provide an important link between the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative as a worldwide activity and the local and regional activities of practitioners. They promote the adoption of Dublin Core specifications and best practices, thereby increasing the global network value for all. They help assure the availability of authoritative documentation and maintain translations of base DCMI standards and documentation as appropriate for the locale.
Through their ongoing efforts, Regional Members: (1) help focus a local concentration of expertise to promote deployment and development of DCMI metadata and architectures within the context of a given locale and language environment; and (2) advance the development of a healthy metadata ecology by supporting metadata best practices. As local custodians of the DCMI brand, Regional Members are a critical link in promoting DCMI standards and best practices through educational and training offerings In addition, Regional Members bringing local concerns to the attention of the larger metadata community, thereby improving the international coherence of the overall architecture, semantic content and practice of metadata.
Regional Member status provides the Regional Member with the right to exercise "exclusive coverage" of DCMI-endorsed activities and outcomes within their "Locale of Influence" in the following four areas:
Regional Members actively encourage development of Institutional Member, Supporting Member and Individual Member memberships within the Regional Member's "Locale of Influence";
Regional Members engage in development, organization and delivery of metadata best practice education and training within the "Locale of Influence";
Where applicable, Regional Members promote and manage standardization processes for DCMI specifications within the "Locale of Influence"; and
Where applicable, Regional Members promote and manage translation processes for DCMI specifications and best practice documentation within the "Locale of Influence".
Regional Members appoint a voting representative to the Governing Board and actively participate in deliberations and decisions;
Regional Members receive one free registration for the annual international conference for the Regional Member representative (and additional registrations at a discount). Reduced fees are available for other DCMI events (such as webinars) for the Regional Member representative;
Regional Member logos are linked from the DCMI website, DCMI annual conference website (OCS), and regional meetings websites;
Regional Member memberships and renewals are announced through DCMI's social media channels, RSS feed and other news outlets;
Regional Member can provide information (brochures and other media) for placement in the DCMI annual conference delegate bags and on USB memory drives containing the DCMI proceedings;
Early availability of DCMI 'preview content' (e.g., pre-publication of online tutorials) for the Regional Member representative;
Regional Members can organize event presentations at DCMI annual meeting;
Regional Members can initiate regional events co-organized with DCMI (to the extent DCMI resources permit); and