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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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Final Program published for DC-2014

2014-08-29, The Texas Digital Library and the Conference Committee of DC-2014 in Austin, Texas on 8-11 October have published the final program of the DCMI International Conference at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/program14. Join us in Austin for an exciting agenda including 46 papers, project reports and best practice posters and presentations. Parallel with the peer reviewed program is an array of special sessions of panels and discussions on key metadata issues, challenges and new opportunities. Pre- and post-conference workshops and tutorials round out the program by providing 1/2 day to full day instruction. Every year the DCMI community gathers for both its Annual Meeting and its International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications. The work agenda of the DCMI community is broad and inclusive of all aspects of innovation in metadata design, implementation and best practices. While the work of the Initiative progresses throughout the year, the Annual Meeting and Conference provide the opportunity for DCMI "citizens" as well as students and early career professionals studying and practicing the dark arts of metadata to gather face-to-face to share experiences. In addition, the gathering provides public- and private-sector initiatives beyond DCMI engaged in significant metadata work to come together to compare notes and cast a broader light into their particular metadata domain silos. Through such a gathering of the metadata "clans", DCMI advances its "first goal" of promoting metadata interoperability and harmonization. Visit the DC-2014 conference website at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2014 for additional information and to register. It is a meeting you will not want to miss.

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Michael Crandall, Chair, Governing Board

Dear DCMI Colleagues,

Only a few weeks to go until the DCMI Conference and annual meeting—be sure to register now to take advantage of the early bird rates—available until September 6. If you haven't yet heard, the pre-conference Archival Workshop and DC-2014 Conference coincide with the second week of the Austin City Limits Music Festival and hotel rooms will become increasingly scarce as the date approaches. Be sure to book your hotel room NOW to ensure that you have a place to stay—there will be overflow crowds at most hotels in the city.

And if you didn't make the deadline for the peer-reviewed papers and posters and would still like to share your work, submissions for the Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations tracks are still open. These non-peer reviewed tracks are intended to support metadata practitioners engaged in innovative work in design, implementation or best practices development who seek to showcase their work, seek input on further development, or explore new approaches. Submissions will remain open until we have no more space available!

In other conference news, the pre-conference workshop on Fonds & Bonds: Archival Metadata, Tools, and Identity Management is shaping up to be a thought-provoking event—there is limited space, so if you are interested in this critical area, be sure to register soon, either at the one day rate or as part of the full conference. The workshop will explore archival description in the cultural heritage descriptive landscape, the emergence of authority files/identity description as an opportunity for cultural heritage cross-community collaboration, and provide attendees with the latest information on key metadata editing and management tools used by the working archivist.

The DCMI Task Groups and Committees have been busy over the past few months, and some of their work will be evident at the conference. In particular, the RDF Application Profile Task Group has been busy collecting use cases for RDF constraint formulation and validation and will be sponsoring a tutorial at the annual conference on Wednesday to help people prepare for the special session Thursday afternoon on RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control. These two complementary sessions focus on establishing requirements for implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers. They will explore the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages remain valuable in the DCMI context.

Looking farther out, the Conference and Meetings Committee of the Advisory Board has new members—Imma Subirats, Jian Qin, Eva Mendez, Dickson Lukose, and Andrew Wilson have all joined with co-chairs Emma Tonkin & Muriel Foulonneau to begin planning out the conference in Brazil next year, as well as thinking about future conferences and other meetings. If you are interested in serving on any of the standing committees, let the chairs know and contribute your insights and knowledge to the continuing growth of DCMI.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Austin. And don't forget to make your hotel reservations NOW!!!

Michael Crandall
Chair, DCMI Governing Board

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DCMI logo The Dublin Core® Metadata Initiative

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 logo Current DCMI Work Themes

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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