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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.

DCMI Webinar: "Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable: Recommendations of the RDA Working Group"

2015-03-16, Being able to reliably and efficiently identify entire or subsets of data in large and dynamically growing or changing datasets constitutes a significant challenge for a range of research domains. In order to repeat an earlier study, to apply data from an earlier study to a new model, we need to be able to precisely identify the very subset of data used. While verbal descriptions of how the subset was created (e.g. by providing selected attribute ranges and time intervals) are hardly precise enough and do not support automated handling, keeping redundant copies of the data in question does not scale up to the big data settings encountered in many disciplines today. Furthermore, we need to be able to handle situations where new data gets added or existing data gets corrected or otherwise modified over time. Conventional approaches, such as assigning persistent identifiers to entire data sets or individual subsets or data items, are thus not sufficient. In this webinar, Andreas Rauber will review the challenges identified above and discuss solutions that are currently elaborated within the context of the working group of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) on Data Citation: Making Dynamic Data Citeable. The approach is based on versioned and time-stamped data sources, with persistent identifiers being assigned to the time-stamped queries/expressions that are used for creating the subset of data. We will further review results from the first pilots evaluating the approach. Additional information and registration available at http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2015rauber.

DC-2015 submission deadline extended to 11 April 2015

2015-03-16, The Program Committee for DC-2015, to be held 1-4 September 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil, has decided to extend the deadline for submission for both the Technical and Professional Programs to 11 April 2015. The extended call can be found at http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2015/cfp.

National Diet Library of Japan publishes translations of key DCMI specifications

2015-03-30, DCMI is please to announce that the National Diet Library, the sole national library in Japan, has translated the DCMI Metadata Terms and the Singapore Framework for Dublin Core Application Profiles into Japanese. The links to the new Japanese translations, as well as others are available on the DCMI Documents Translation page at http://dublincore.org/resources/translations/index.shtml.

DCMI Webinar: From 0 to 60 on SPARQL queries in 50 minutes (Redux)

2015-03-30, This webinar with Ethan Gruber on 13 May provides an introduction to SPARQL, a query language for RDF. Users will gain hands on experience crafting queries, starting simply, but evolving in complexity. These queries will focus on coinage data in the SPARQL endpoint hosted by http://nomisma.org: numismatic concepts defined in a SKOS-based thesaurus and physical specimens from three major museum collections (American Numismatic Society, British Museum, and Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) linked to these concepts. Results generated from these queries in the form of CSV may be imported directly into Google Fusion Tables for immediate visualization in the form of charts and maps. Additional information and free registration is available at http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2015gruber. Redux: This webinar was first presented as a training session in the LODLAM Training Day at SemTech2014.

Become a DC-2015 sponsor!

2015-05-04, The São Paulo State University and the Conference Committee for DC-2015 in São Paulo, Brazil in September are pleased to offer sponsors the opportunity to present themselves directly to the conference participants and to a global audience beyond the conference venue. Information regarding the categories of sponsorship and how to become a DC-2015 Sponsor can be found at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/cfs.

DCMI Webinar: Digital Preservation Metadata and Improvements to PREMIS in Version 3.0

2015-05-04, This webinar with Angela Dappert on 27 May gives a brief overview of why digital preservation metadata is needed, shows examples of digital preservation metadata, shows how PREMIS can be used to capture this metadata, and illustrates some of the changes that will be available in version 3.0. The PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata is the international standard for metadata to support the preservation of digital objects and ensure their long-term usability. Developed by an international team of experts, PREMIS is implemented in digital preservation projects around the world, and support for PREMIS is incorporated into a number of commercial and open-source digital preservation tools and systems. The PREMIS Editorial Committee coordinates revisions and implementation of the standard, which consists of the Data Dictionary, an XML schema, and supporting documentation. The PREMIS Data Dictionary is currently in version 2.2. A new major release 3.0 is due out this summer. More information and registration is available at http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2015dappert.

Paul Walk & Ana Alice Baptista named DC-2015 Keynote Speakers

2015-05-15, The São Paulo State University (UNESP), host of DC-2015, is pleased to announce that Ana Alice Baptista, and Paul Walk will deliver keynote addresses at DC-2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. Ana Alice Baptista is a Professor in the Information Systems Department and a Researcher at the ALGORITMI Center, both at University of Minho, Portugal. Paul Walk is Head of Technology Strategy and Planning at EDINA, the Jisc centre for digital expertise and online service delivery at the University of Edinburgh. For additional information, see the Speakers page on the Conference website at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/speakers-2015.

Paul Walk & Ana Alice Baptista named DC-2015 Keynote Speakers

2015-05-15, The São Paulo State University (UNESP), host of DC-2015, is pleased to announce that Ana Alice Baptista, and Paul Walk will deliver keynote addresses at DC-2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. Ana Alice Baptista is a Professor in the Information Systems Department and a Researcher at the ALGORITMI Center, both at University of Minho, Portugal. Paul Walk is Head of Technology Strategy and Planning at EDINA, the Jisc centre for digital expertise and online service delivery at the University of Edinburgh. For additional information, see the Speakers page on the Conference website at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/speakers-2015.

DC-2015 Professional Program Announced

2015-06-01, DCMI and the DC-2015 host, UNESP, have published the abstracts for events in the Professional Program for the September conference in São Paulo, Brazil. The Professional Program includes full-day, hands-on workshops on developing application profiles, transforming legacy data to Linked Data, and development of SKOS vocabularies. In addition, there are an array of Special Topic session for professional development in key areas of metadata design and best practice. The abstracts for the events in the DC-2015 Professional Program can be found on the conference homepage at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/dc-2015/schedConf/#profProg.

DCMI Webinar: "Implementing Linked Data in Low-Resource Conditions"

2015-06-01, Typical small and medium-size institutions have to deal with constrained resources, which often hamper the possibilities of making their data publicly available. Johannes Keizer and Caterina Caracciolo of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will provide an overview of bottlenecks that institutions typically face when entering the world of open and linked data, and will provide recommendations on how to proceed. They will discuss the use of standard and linked vocabularies to produce linked data, especially in the area of agriculture. They will describe AGRISAs, a web-based resource linking agricultural datasets as an example of linked data application resulting from the collaboration of small institutions. They will also mention AgriDrupal, a Drupal distribution that supports the production and consumption of linked datasets. For additional information and to register, visit http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/DCMI_Handbook/webinars#keizer.

DCMI Webinar: "OpenAIRE Guidelines: Promoting Repositories Interoperability and Supporting Open Access Funder Mandates"

2015-06-22, The OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Source Managers provide recommendations and best practices for encoding of bibliographic information in OAI metadata. They have adopted established standards for different classes of content providers: (1) Dublin Core for textual publications in institutional and thematic repositories; (2) DataCite Metadata Kernel for research data repositories; and (3) CERIF-XML for Current Research Information Systems. The principle of these guidelines is to improve interoperability of bibliographic information exchange between repositories, e-journals, CRIS and research infrastructures. They are a means to help content providers to comply with funders Open Access policies, e.g. the European Commission Open Access mandate in Horizon2020, and to standardize the syntax and semantics of funder/project information, open access status, links between publications and datasets. Presenters Pedro Príncipe, University of Minho, Portugal, and Jochen Schirrwagen, Bielefeld University Library, Germany, will provide an overview of the guidelines, implementation support in major platforms and tools for validation. Webinar Date: Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 10:00am-11:15am EDT (UTC 14:00 - World Clock: http://bit.ly/pprincipe). For additional information and to register, visit http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2015principe.

DC-2015 Preliminary Program published

2015-07-01, São Paulo State University (UNESP) and the Conference Committee of DC-2015 have published the preliminary program of the DCMI International Conference at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/schedule-15. The conference days--Wednesday and Thursday, 2-3 September--feature keynote speakers, Paul Walk and Ana Alice Baptista, paper sessions, project reports, posters (including best practice posters and demonstrations), and an array of special sessions. Tuesday and Friday are pre- and post-conference, full-day workshop events: "Development of Metadata Application Profiles", "Training the Trainers for Linked Data", and "Elaboration of Controlled Vocabularies Using SKOS". Special Session include "Schema.org Structured Data on the Web--An Extending Influence" sponsored by OCLC, "Current Developments in Metadata for Research Data" sponsored by the DCMI Science & Metadata Community, and "Cultural Heritage Linked Data". The titles and abstracts of the Technical Program are available at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/abstracts-15. Registration is open: http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/reg15. Day registrations are available.

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