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2001 News and Announcements

General Announcements

Presentations from the DC-2001: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications are now available

2001-11-27, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that HTML and PowerPoint versions of presentations given at the Conference in Tokyo are now available on the DCMI web site.

Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) becomes DCMI Recommendation.

2001-11-15, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that the document "Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)" is now a DCMI Recommendation. We consider this one of the basic documents necessary for the effective deployment of Dublin Core on the Web. This document specifies the conventions used for identifying current and future DCMI namespaces. It gives the URIs for the DCMI namespaces and defines the policy for changes to DCMI terms.

October 2001 DCMI Status report now available.

2001-10-17, Makx Dekkers, DCMI Managing Director, has published the next status report of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, looking at all activities that have taken place since the DC-8 Workshop in Ottawa, October 2000, until the DC-9 Workshop and DC-2001 Conference in Tokyo in October 2001.

New DCMI Update newsletter now available.

2001-10-05, The October 2001 issue of the DCMI Update is now available. The newsletter highlights news items, project and tool announcements that have occured since the last issue.

MIReG Metadata Framework - Element Set Draft Available for Comments

2001-08-28, After the MIReG conference in Brussels, Belgium (see http://europa.eu.int/ISPO/ida) it was decided to set up an Advisory Board and develop a "EU Government Metadata Framework". Since the conference the Advisory Board, especially the UK Office of the e-Envoy, has worked on producing a draft of extensions or additions to Dublin Core Elements.

This start draft of additions is based on the draft UK e-Government Metadata Standard, which in turn includes input from Australian AGLS and work from the UK Records Office.

The Advisory Board for the "EU Government Metadata Framework" is very interested in your views on these draft extensions to Dublin Core. Are they the right elements? Are other elements needed for dealing with resource discovery and government information?

You have approximately 1 week from 2001-08-28 to comment on this first draft. Please direct your comments to the DC Government WG list.

After gathering comments, the Advisory Board will prepare the final proposal and submit it to the DCMI Usage Board.

MIReG Additions - DCMI Government Proposal

Mail to: DC-GOVERNMENT@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

Andrew Wilson, Chair, DCMI Government Working Group
Palle Aagaard, Chair, DCMI Government Working Group

New issue of the DCMI Update Newsletter now available

2001-08-03, The DCMI Update newsletter, July 2001, is now available. The newsletter highlights news items, project and tool announcements that have occured since the last issue.

Catalan translations of the Element set and Qualifiers are now available

2001-07-27, The Biblioteca de Catalunya has translated the Dublin Core Element set, v. 1.1 and the Dublin Core Qualifiers. These translations are now available on the Library's web site.

DCMI Status Report - May/June 2001 is now available

2001-07-09, Makx Dekkers, DCMI Managing Director, has published the next status report of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, looking at all activities that have taken place in the months of May and June 2001.

Z39.85 Approved by NISO

2001-07-02, The DCMI Directorate has been informed that Z39.85 (the NISO version of the Dublin Core element set) has been approved and will be advanced to the American National Standards Institute in July. More Information...

Agricultural Metadata Standards Initiative announces metadata standard

2001-06-25, The "Agricultural Metadata Standards Initiative", a collaborative effort between a number of partners in the agricultural community, the World Agricultural Information Centre of FAO, are pleased to announce a draft recommendation for a metadata specification based on the Dublin Core Elements and Qualifiers, as well as extensions which were considered necessary for Agricultural Information. The relative documentation has now published on the FAO web-site at http://www.fao.org/agris/MagazineArchive/magazine/TaskForceonDCMI.htm. More information on the "Agricultural Metadata Standards Initiative" can be found at http://www.oneworld.org/thinktank/iktools/agstandards.html or by contacting Mr. Stephen Katz, Chief of the WAICENT/FAOINFO Dissemination Branch at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (http://www.fao.org)

DCMI Status Report - April 2001 is now available

2001-05-01, Makx Dekkers, DCMI Managing Director has published an overall status report of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, looking at all activities that have taken place since DC-8 in October 2000 in Ottawa.

New issue of the DCMI Update Newsletter is now available

2001-05-01, The DCMI Update Newsletter returns after a hiatus. The DCMI Update is part of our attempt to improve communication in our globally distributed collaboration. The Update will chronicle the highlights of ongoing activities, serving as a digest of the work of the Initiative, and providing some additional features that we hope will come from our readership. It is published monthly.

PRISM Working Group announces release of version 1.0 of the PRISM metadata specification

2001-04-25, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to call to the attention of the Dublin Core community the following press release from the PRISM (Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata) Working Group.

Version 1.0 of the PRISM metadata specification provides a metadata vocabulary for print and online publishing that has been adopted by an important array of content providers, including Adobe, Quark, Time Inc., Getty Images, Artesia Technologies, Cahners Business Information, Sothebys.com, Banta New Media, IDG Publications, Interwoven, Vignette, Condé Nast and Kinecta. Several vendors serving different parts of the publishing community and other industries are also announcing support for the specification.

This specification builds on the Dublin Core as a foundation, adding domain specific elements to support the particular needs of various parts of the commercial sector. This is an important achievement for the DCMI community, representing major commercial adoption of the foundation that our community has developed over the past several years.

http://www.prismstandard.org/news/2001/0401.asp

Survey Results: Dublin Core Use in Libraries

2001-04-25, The purpose of the questionnaire was to help achieve some of the DC Libraries Working Group's objectives for 2001, including: (1) to collect and share examples of Dublin Core use in libraries and (2) to stimulate discussion that will feed into the process of drafting an application profile for the use of Dublin Core in libraries.

MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative uses Dublin Core-based metadata

2001-04-25, The MusicBrainz Metadata Initiative was formed to organize a means of exchanging metadata describing media files on the Internet. The vocabulary developed is a Dublin Core-based metadata application and free web service that uses XML and RDF to make artist names, track numbers, song titles and other metadata describing musical content sownloadable to the user's CD player, MP3 player, Vorbis player or other client. More Information...

New DCMI Working Group

2001-03-07, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce the formation of the DCMI Tools Working Group. This working group is intended to support implementors who share an interest in developing and promoting open source tools to support the creation, management and use of metadata based on (but not limited to) Dublin Core Metadata. More Information...

DCMI hires Project Manager

2001-01-30, DCMI has contracted with Makx Dekkers to provide project management services to the Initiative. Mr. Dekkers' background in standards management and history of participation in DCMI make him superbly qualified to help DCMI reach its goals and deliver recommendations and guidelines more effectively.

Full Translations of Element Set and Qualifiers are now available in Russian

2001-01-29, Full translations of the Dublin Core Element Set, v 1.1 and the Dublin Core Qualifiers are available now in Russian from the Russian Libraries Association.

NISO ballot version of Dublin Core

2001-01-21, The DCMI Standards working group announces the final draft of the text that NISO will use in preparing the Dublin Core Reconsideration ballot.

"Using Dublin Core" Usage Guide is now available in French

2001-01-23, A translation of the "Using Dublin Core" Usage Guide working draft, created by Guy Teasdale of the Bibliotheque de l'Universite Laval is now available.

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Announces Prerelease of New Web Site

2001-01-16, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce the prerelease of the new and expanded web site for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is now available.

Dublin Core now available in Polish

2001-01-02, The translation is maintained by EBIB which is a part of the Ossolineum Scientific Society. EBIB is a Polish scientific librarians initiative.

Document Announcements

New versions of the Draft Recommendations for RDF/XML Expression of the Dublin Core are now available.

2001-12-07, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that newly modified versions of the Draft Recommendations for RDF/XML expression of the Dublin Core are now available for a second round of Public Comment until January 7, 2002. Changes have been applied to the sections on language qualification. Comments should be sent to DC-General.

Expressing Simple Dublin Core in RDF / XML
Expressing Qualified Dublin Core in RDF / XML [More Information...]

Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) becomes DCMI Recommendation.

2001-11-15, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that the document "Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)" is now a DCMI Recommendation. We consider this one of the basic documents necessary for the effective deployment of Dublin Core on the Web. This document specifies the conventions used for identifying current and future DCMI namespaces. It gives the URIs for the DCMI namespaces and defines the policy for changes to DCMI terms.

Revised Working Draft of a Library Application Profile is now available

2001-10-12, This document is a revision of the earlier application profile that clarifies the use of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set in libraries and library-related applications and projects. It will be discussed at the DCMI Conference in Tokyo, October 2001.

Two new documents are now available for public comment.

2001-09-21, Further to the announcement of 18 September, there are now two more documents available for public comment,.

"Expressing Simple Dublin Core in RDF/XML" and
"Expressing Qualified Dublin Core in RDF/XML."

These two documents describe how Dublin Core metadata can be encoded in RDF/XML, and give practical examples. Together with the Namespace Policy, also under review, we consider these basic documents necessary for the effective deployment of Dublin Core on the Web.

The public comment period is open until October 19, 2001. Comments should be sent to the DC-General mailing list and will be discussed at the Architecture session at the Tokyo Workshop.

DCMI-Government Application Profile is now available for comment

2001-09-20, A working draft for a DCMI-Government Application Profile is now available. This working draft was prepared by the Managing Information for e-Government (MIReG) group in conjunction with the DCMI-Government working group. The Working Group behind the working draft thanks everybody who has contributed and commented on the initial proposal. The intention is to submit a proposal to the DCMI Usage Board before the Tokyo Conference. The working group is still interested in comments, as soon as possible. Mailto: DC-Government mailing list.

Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is now available for public comment

2001-09-18, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that the document "Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)" is now available for public comment until October 19, 2001. Comments should be sent to the DC-General Mailing list.

This document specifies the conventions used for identifying current and future DCMI namespaces. It gives the URIs for the DCMI namespaces, defines a policy for changes to DCMI terms and discusses some major issues that were raised during the development of the namespace policy.

It has been developed by a group of experts and reviewed by the DCMI Advisory Committee. We consider this one of the basic documents necessary for the effective deployment of Dublin Core on the Web.

New Working Draft of a Library Application Profile is now available

2001-08-09, This document proposes a possible application profile that clarifies the use of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set in libraries and library-related applications and projects. It will be discussed at a meeting of the DC-Libraries Working Group in Boston, Massachusetts on 22 August in conjunction with the IFLA conference. More Information...

"Using Dublin Core" Usage Guide is now a DCMI Recommendation

2001-06-01, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that the new version of "Using Dublin Core" is now a DCMI Recommendation following the public comment period that ended May 15, 2001. This document is intended to be an entry point for users of Dublin Core.

For non-specialists, it will assist them in creating simple descriptive records for information resources (for example, electronic documents, JPEG images, video clips). Specialists may find the document a useful point of reference to the documentation of Dublin Core, as it changes and grows.

Linked to the guide, there are examples of generic usage of the core elements and encoding examples of the core elements and qualifiers in HTML. RDF examples will be added in the near future, after work has completed on the DCMI-Architecture deliverable "Expressing Qualified Dublin Core in RDF".

A New Version of "Using Dublin Core" is now available

2001-04-25, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that a new version of "Using Dublin Core" is now available for public comment until May 15, 2001. Comments should be sent to DC-General Mailing list.

This document is intended to be an entry point for users of Dublin Core. For non-specialists, it will assist them in creating simple descriptive records for information resources (for example, electronic documents, JPEG images, video clips). Specialists may find the document a useful point of reference to the documentation of Dublin Core, as it changes and grows.

The guide shows in a non-technical fashion how Dublin Core metadata may be used by anyone to make their material more accessible. This guide discusses the layout and content of Dublin Core metadata elements, how to use them in composing a complete Dublin Core metadata record, as well as how to qualify elements to support use by a wide variety of communities.

Another important goal of this document is to promote "best practices" for describing resources using the Dublin Core element set. The Dublin Core community recognizes that consistency in creating metadata is an important key to achieving complete retrieval and intelligible display across disparate sources of descriptive records. Inconsistent metadata effectively hides desired records, resulting in uneven, unpredictable or incomplete search results.

The guide first introduces the concept of metadata in general and then highlights the scope of the Dublin Core as a simple yet effective element set for describing a wide range of networked resources. It then outlines the basic principles of the descriptive elements and introduces the core elements and the two classes of qualifiers (element refinements and encoding schemes) that can be used.

Linked to the guide, there are examples of generic usage of the core elements and encoding examples of the core elements and qualifiers in both HTML and RDF.

There is also an extensive glossary of terms related to the Dublin Core and a reference section with a large number of links to bibliographies, specifications, other guidelines and tools, and background reading material going back to 1995.

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Announces New Proposed Recommendation

2001-01-16, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that An XML Encoding of Simple Dublin Core Metadata has reached Proposed Recommendation status.

Meeting Announcements

DCMI-Libraries Working Group meeting notes are now available

2001-09-20, This meeting was an official DCMI-Libraries WG event that was held in conjunction with the International Federation of Library Associations conference. The main topic on the agenda was a discussion of the draft Dublin Core Library Application Profile.

DCMI-Libraries Working Group Meeting to be held at IFLA on August 22, 2001

2001-07-16, An official meeting of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Libraries Working Group (DCMI-LibWG) will be held at during the IFLA meeting on August 22, 2001. This is a DCMI meeting and does not require IFLA registration. All DCMI-Libraries WG participants and IFLA attendees are welcome. Advance registration is requested.

"Managing Information Resources for e-Government" Conference

2001-07-06, The conference "Managing Information Resources for e-Government" was held on June 21-22, 2001 in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was arranged by the DCMI Government Working Group in collaboration with the European Commission and the European Parliament to explore the possibility of developing a framework for the use of metadata across European governments and parliaments. The notes and presentations from this conference are now available. <http://ag.idaprog.org/Indis35prod/doc/312>

DCMI Tools Workshop

2001-07-06, The DCMI Tools workshop was held on June 20-22, 2001 in Osnabrück, Germany. The list of participants, background information and the minutes are now available from the Workshop website <http://www.mathematik.uni-osnabrueck.de/projects/dctools/>.

Managing Information Resources for e-Government Conference

2001-06-13, The DCMI Government Working Group in collaboration with the IDA Programme (Interchange of Data between Administrations) of the European Commission have arranged the conference "Managing Information Resources for e-Government" to be held on June 21-22, 2001 in Brussels, Belgium. The objective of the meeting is to explore the possibility of standardising the use of Metadata across European Governments and Parliaments, and to identify the resources, both technical and non-technical, that would be required to support this activity. More Information...

DCMI Tools Workshop (June 20 - 22, 2001)

2001-06-11, The DCMI Tools Workshop, to be held on Osnabrück, Germany on June 20 -22, 2001, is looking for active developers of metadata applications interested in development of (open source) software that supports (qualified) Dublin Core metadata and application-specific or domain specific extensions to participate. Additional information can be found on the Workshop website.

DCMI Announces Tool Building Workshop

2001-03-07, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce a tool building workshop to be hosted by Osnabrueck University in Osnabrueck, Germany during the second quarter of 2001. This event will be a small workshop of implementors that share an interest in developing and promoting open source tools to support the creation, management, and the use of metadata based on (but not limited to) Dublin Core Metadata. More Information.

DC-2001: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications

2001-03-06, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce a Preliminary Call for Papers and Participation to the DC-2001 Conference. The 9th event in the DC workshop series, DC-2001 is the first event to be hosted in Asia and is also the first event to provide conference tracks and tutorial tracks in addition to the workshop track.

Project Announcements

ExLibris Special Collections Directory

2001-08-04, The ExLibris Special Collections Directory seeks to provide a comprehensive directory of special collections libraries that support digitization and make content such as manuscripts, art images, and electronic texts available over the Internet.

WebArchiv

2001-07-26, WebArchiv is a project funded by the Czech Ministry of Culture. It has two main objectives: to catalogue online publications and to integrate these records into the Czech National Bibliography and to store these publications to ensure long term access.

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