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Moderator: Marie-Claude Côté
Moderator: John Roberts
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Moderator: Hans Overbeek
Status: This community is currently active.
Last Update: 2012-10-03
Established: 1999-10-25

The DC-Government community is a forum for individuals and organizations involved in implementing Dublin Core metadata in a context of government agencies and International Governmental Organizations (IGO's), with the objective to promote the application of Dublin Core metadata in that context.

News and Announcements

2004-12-13, The next F2F Working Group meeting for DC:Accessibility will be held in melbourne in the we February 7 - 11 2005. Those interested in attending in person or via telecommunications should contact Liddy Nevile.

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Work Items 2005/2006

Work item: Service description

Responsible: John Roberts
Deadline: DC conference 2006

Work item: Controlled vocabularies (Develop Controlled vocabularies work)

Responsible: Angel Gozàlez Lara and Anna Osbat
Deadline: DC conference 2006

Work item: DC GOV Application Profile - Development of Application Profile Reference Model (generic high level)

Responsible: Hans Overbeek (Chair/editor for the work), Nancy Brodie, Linda Humphries, and Kaylene Murdoch, Angel Gonzàlez-Lara and Andrew Wilson - Editorial Board
Deadline: Progress (final draft) to be reported on DC conference 2006


Service description

In 2003/04 draft guidance for the use of DC to describe services was developed. As this work is relevant in areas other than the Government domain, input will be sought from the DC community generally. Further work will be done to identify existing practices in a range of implementation communities, and test the draft guidance against these. Some modelling of the understanding of services in the guidance will be carried out to help in its evaluation.
Responsible: John Roberts
Date: January 2005

Controlled vocabularies

Many government implementations have developed controlled vocabularies, and/or policies for the selection and maintenance of controlled vocabularies. These are not readily shared at present. Work will be done to collect information on these encoding schemes and policies to support their possible use in other jurisdictions.
Responsible: Greg Renaud
Date: To be confirmed

Records management metadata

Government information management is often regulated in respect of records management and archival practice. As record keeping metadata requirements are defined in this domain, there is a need for integration with discovery metadata strategies. A paper previously developed for the Advisory Board will be updated and recommendations made to support coordination with the recordkeeping community.
Responsible: Andrew Wilson and John Roberts
Date: January 2005

Guide to planning ("War stories")

A number of jurisdictions have significant experience in the area of developing a local discovery metadata schema or application profile. Other jurisdictions, by contrast, are at an early stage and would benefit from advice about the lessons others have learned. This is seen less as advice on the content of a metadata set, and more around the development and implementation process.
Responsible: Colette Coles
Date: June 2005



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  • Date constituted: 1999-10-25
  • DC-2001 Tokyo: Breakout Sessions Report, 22 & 23 October 2001 [MS Word Document] [HTML]
  • DC-2001 Tokyo: Presentation from second breakout session, 23 October 2001 [PowerPoint] [HTML]
  • DC-2003 Seattle: Meeting Minutes, 31 September 2003 [PDF]
  • DC-2004 Shanghai: Meeting Minutes, 11 October 2004 [PDF]
  • DC-2005 Madrid: Meeting Minutes, 11 October 2005 [PDF]


  • Using DC For Service Description [PDF]
  • International Recordkeeping/Records Management Metadata Initiatives: Report and Recommendations for DC Advisory Board [PDF]