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DCMI News 2015

Shanghai Library joins DCMI as an Institutional Member

2015-01-12, DCMI is very pleased to announce that the Shanghai Library has joined DCMI as an Institutional Member. The Shanghai Library is the second largest library in China--second only to the National Library. The Shanghai Library was founded in 1952. In October 1995, the Shanghai Library and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai merged to become a comprehensive research public library and center for industrial information. It is also the branch of the National Cultural Information Resource Sharing Project in Shanghai, the main library of the Shanghai Central Library System, Shanghai Ancient Books Protection Center and the "Pioneer Technology Development Research Center" of the Shanghai soft science research base. The DCMI Institutional Member Program is open to all public sector organizations interested in supporting DCMI while participating actively in DCMI governance. Please see the DCMI membership page at http://dublincore.org/support/ for more details about DCMI's membership programs.

DC-2015 website and Call for Participation open

2015-01-12, DCMI and the host of DC-2015, Universidade Estadual Paulista--São Paulo State University (UNESP), are pleased to announce the publication of the Call for Participation at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015/cfp and the opening of the DC-2015 website at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015. DC-2015 will take place in São Paulo, Brazil on 1-5 September 2015. Just as DCMI celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year, it also celebrates the first time it's Annual Meeting and International Conference have been located in South America. Watch the conference website at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015 for updates as DCMI and UNESP develop an exciting program around the conference theme of "Metadata and Ubiquitous Access to Culture, Science and Digital Humanities".

Join us in Brazil for DC-2015

2015-02-09, Each of the past 20 years, the metadata community has gathered for DCMI's conference and annual meeting. This year, the annual meeting and conference are being hosted by the Universidade Estadual Paulista--São Paulo State University (UNESP) and held in São Paulo, Brazil. 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 newcomers, students, apprentices, and early career professionals to gather face-to-face to share experiences and knowledge. In addition, the gathering provides public- and private-sector initiatives beyond DCMI that are doing significant metadata work to come together to compare notes and cast a broader light into their particular metadata work silos. Through such a gathering of the metadata communities, DCMI advances its "first goal" of promoting metadata interoperability and harmonization. For general conference information, visit http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015. For the Call for Participation, visit http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015/cfp.

DCMI Webinar: "VocBench 2.0: A Web Application for Collaborative Development of Multilingual Thesauri"

2015-02-23, On 4 March 2015, Caterina Caracciolo of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Armando Stellato of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, will present a webinar on VocBench, a web-based platform for the collaborative maintenance of multilingual thesauri. VocBench is an open source project developed through a collaboration between FAO and the University of Rome Tor Vergata. VocBench is currently used for the maintenance of AGROVOC, EUROVOC, GEMET, the thesaurus of the Italian Senate, the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus of Harvard University, as well as other thesauri. VocBench has a strong focus on collaboration, supported by workflow management for content validation and publication. Dedicated user roles provide a clean separation of competencies ranging from management aspects to vertical competencies in content editing such as conceptualization versus terminology editing. Extensive support for scheme management allows editors to fully exploit the possibilities of the SKOS model including fulfillment of its integrity constraints. VocBench is open source software since publication of version 2--open to a large community of users and institutions supporting its development with their feedback and ideas. During the webinar Dr. Caracciolo and Dr. Stellato will demonstrate the main features of VocBench from the point of view of users and system administrators, and explain in what ways you may join the project. Additional information about the webinar and access to registration is available at http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2015stellato.

DC-2015 Professional Program Session in Portuguese & English

2015-02-23, DCMI and the DC-2015 host, São Paulo State University, are please to announce that session proposals as well as the presentation language of sessions in the Professional Program at DC-2015 may be in either Portuguese or English. Depending on the language of the session presenters, simultaneous English/Portuguese or Portuguese/English translation will be provided. Tracks in the Professional Program include special topic sessions and panels, half- and full-day tutorials, workshops, and best practice posters and demonstrations.The call for participation in both the Professional and Technical Programs remain open until 28 March 2015. The call for participation can be found at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015/cfp.

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