innovation in metadata design, implementation & best practices

DCMI 2018, September 10-13, Porto, Portugal

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) annual international conference in 2018 will be co-located with the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) annual international conference, and will be hosted by the University of Porto in Portugal, September 10-13, 2018.

The conferences will deliver two, parallel programmes of peer-reviewed papers, tutorials and workshops. Delegates will register once, and will then be free to choose between the two programmes, with some plenary sessions (keynotes) and social events bringing all delegates together.

For a single registration you will be able to choose from a range of talks, workshops and tutorials!

DC-2018 Conference theme

Since the late 1990s, the Dublin Core community has worked predominantly with open standards, open data and open-source software. The advantages of openness have been recognized in areas such as open science, open education and open access to research outputs - in short, open knowledge.

The Dublin Core community has focused on the role of structured description (metadata) in finding and using this knowledge. The role of metadata has evolved over this last quarter-century with the rise of search engines, social media, crowdsourcing, Semantic Web, and machine learning alongside the traditional arts of metadata curation.

DC-2018 asks how metadata technologies and practices must further evolve to support open knowledge, often at scale, given current budget realities. Where do we need to innovate, and where do we need to consolidate existing good practice?

DC-2018 brings together researchers, teachers, students, practitioners and developers working with metadata for a few intense days of demonstration, discussion and collaboration. Dublin Core conferences draw not only from universities, libraries, and research institutions, but also commercial businesses working in the open knowledge space.

The Dublin Core community began in 1995 with the shared endeavour of creating "simple" and interoperable metadata. Through the 2000s, emphasis shifted to enabling flexible metadata solutions based on multi-vocabulary application profiles and interoperability as Linked Data. Metadata developments of interest to the Dublin Core community currently range from vocabularies such as BIBFRAME,, IIIF and Darwin Core, to WikiData processes and RDF validation languages such as ShEx and SHACL. Today's shared endeavour focuses on techniques, software, and best practices for creating, mapping, and maintaining semantically coherent vocabularies and, by extension, interoperable metadata.

DC-2018 is collocated this year with TPDL 2018. This fits DCMI’s tradition of working with other communities in its mission to increase interoperability and harmonisation in the development and application of metadata.

Join us in Porto, Portugal and participate in what is certain to be an interesting few days!

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