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2002 News and Announcements

General Announcements

New XML Schema for Simple DC

2002-12-23, A revised XML Schema for XML has been published, superseding the 2002-03-12 version. Both versions are now linked from http://dublincore.org/schemas/xmls/.

Mark your calendars: DC-2003 dates and location

2002-12-23, DCMI and the University of Washington Information School are pleased to announce the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Annual Conference, to be held in Seattle, Washington, USA, September 29th through October 2nd, 2003. See http://www.ischool.washington.edu/dc2003/ [cached copy].

DC-2003 will build on previous conferences in Tokyo and Florence, offering a working group track, a tutorial track, and a conference track of refereed papers, panels, posters, and invited speakers. Watch the DC-General mailing list, the DC Home page, and the DC-2003 Web site for further details on the call for papers and participation.

DC-Corporate mailing list established

2002-12-23, Following discussions in the Corporate Track of the Florence conference, a mailing list has been established for people who have an interest in sharing and developing good practice in the adoption and deployment of Dublin Core to information services including traditional, web, and broadband publishing, as well as enterprise information applications including intranets, extranets, and Internet. An article by DCMI Board member Michael Crandall about the Corporate Circle initiative has been posted by the Montague Institute at http://www.montague.com/review/crandall3.shtml.

DC-CORPORATE is a closed, unmoderated list for managers, developers and designers of corporate metadata systems and policies. The goal of this list is to put participants in closer touch with developments in the DCMI community that are particularly relevant to the corporate metadata milieu, thereby promoting metadata solutions that serve local corporate objectives while increasing the prospects for interoperable metadata that can be shared up and down supply chains.

Anyone can subscribe to the list (please send requests to the moderator: Joseph Busch [mailto: jbusch@taxonomystrategies.com]). Only subscribers can post to the list.

New Chair for DCMI User Guide Working Group

2002-09-03, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that Mary Woodley has agreed to become the chair of the DCMI User Guide Working Group. Mary works at California State University in Northridge, California, USA and has several roles there: Metadata or Digital Librarian, Social Sciences Librarian and incoming head of Collection Development. She has been involved in the DCMI User Guide Working Group for a number of years.

Diane Hillmann, the former chair, will continue to be involved in the work of the WG, and especially the upcoming revision of the User Guide.

DC-2002 Call For Papers

2002-04-29, The DCMI 2002 Programme Committee invites papers in the following categories:

Deadline for papers is 2002-06-15. For more information... [PDF version]

DC-2002 will take place in Florence, Italy

2002-04-29, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that DC-2002 will take place October 14-17 in Florence, Italy. As with DC 2001 in Tokyo, we are planning a three track meeting: A workshop track A tutorial track A conference track The conference site will be the Convitto della Calza, an ancient convent of the 14th century, once a hospital for pilgrims, recently and completely restored. It is located in the historical centre of Florence, very close to the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio, near the Porta Romana.

The Conference track will present papers in the following areas:

The Workshop track will feature technical meetings of ongoing working groups of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The agenda for the workshop track is under development in DCMI Working Groups.

The Tutorial track provides structured learning activities designed to introduce participants to and guide them through selected topics of interest and importance to users, developers, and implementers of Dublin Core metadata. DC-2002 is organized by DCMI, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Istituto Universitario Europeo, Regione Toscana, Università di Firenze

Public Comment needed for Usage Board Proposals

2002-04-16, The Usage Board announces the availability for review and public comment proposals from three DCMI working groups. Proposals come from the DCMI Type Working group, the DCMI Citation Working group and six proposals from the DCMI Libraries Working group.

Public comment is open for these documents until 10 May 2002. Comments should be sent to DC-General with the title of the document in the subject (e.g., Subject: [Proposal for "Citation"]) More information...

DCMI-EU proposal evaluation results

2002-04-16, The DCMI-EU proposal has been evaluated by the Eurpoean Commission in the usual procedure with independent evaluators. We have now received the outcome of this evaluation.

Unfortunately, the evaluators have not given the proposal good marks so it is very likely that it will not recieve funding from the European Commission. The evaluators failed to see the benefits of creating a European forum for Dublin Core implementation issues.

As the proposal has attracted much interest in the DCMI community in Europe (with currently 90 organisations involved), a small group of people are now looking at how to build on the interest that was expressed. We will announce further news as soon as it becomes available.

For more information, contact Makx Dekkers, mail@makxdekkers.com

April 2002 DCMI Status report now available

2002-04-16, 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-2002 Conference and Workshop in Tokyo, October 2002. More information...

Metadata Principles and Practicalities

2002-04-15, Authored by Erik Duval, Wayne Hodges, Stuart Sutton, and Stu Weibel, this paper emerged as part of a plan to bring the metadata efforts of DCMI and the IEEE LOM closer together. It reflects what some of the leaders of both groups feel to be common princples shared by our communities. We feel that these principles are likely to be common to other metadata communities as well, and that this paper will advance the common understandings necessary to improve adoption of useful metadata in many areas.

Dublin Core Element Set, v.1.1 now available in Norwegian

2002-04-04, The Norwegian Committee on Cataloguing has now published the Norwegian translation of Dublin Core version 1.1 on its website. Version 1.1 was translated for the Norwegian Committee on Cataloguing by Frank B. Haugen and Carol van Nuys.

European Network DCMI-EU submits proposal to the European Commission

2002-03-06, On 28 February 2002, a proposal has been submitted to the European Commission's IST Programme for a Thematic Network called DCMI-EU.

This proposal aims to get European funding for the organisation of meetings related to the deployment of Dublin Core metadata in two areas:

Three network meetings are foreseen over a period of 15 months. Additionally, the network would be involved in activities for promotion and publicity of DCMI activities in a European context. Part of the budget is assigned to travel support for network members to attend the meetings.

If the proposal is selected for funding, it will be easier for people to meet, share experience and discuss interoperable solutions in the context of the many Dublin Core implementation activities in Europe, at the same time helping progress of the global activities of DCMI.

The proposal consortium is led by PricewaterhouseCoopers, with three partners: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany, UKOLN in the UK and Giunti Interactive Labs in Italy. In addition to these four consortium partners, the initial network consists of 53 organisations from 20 countries; another 20 organisations have already expressed interest to become involved at a later stage. One of the members of the network is CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation, that has offered to host the network meetings at their premises in Brussels.

The other members of the network represent a wide range of domains:

Evaluation of the proposal will take place in March 2002, and we hope to have more news on the evaluation results by early April.

In the meantime, we would like to ask organisations who are interested to become involved to contact Makx Dekkers by e-mail (mail@makxdekkers.com).

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Progress Report and Workplan for 2002

2002-03-01, The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Directorate is pleased to announce the publication of the 2002 Progress report and Workplan in the February 2002 issue of D-Lib Magazine.

DCMI-Environment Special Interest Group is now online

2002-02-14, This group is a forum for individuals and organisations involved in implementing Dublin Core in the environmental domain, with the objective to establish representation of the domain in DCMI and to promote interoperability within the domain through the use of Dublin Core. It will collect information on usage of the Dublin Core in the domain, work on establishing guidelines and develop an Application Profile for the environmental domain. [More Information]

Journal of Digital Information announces A SPECIAL ISSUE on Metadata: Selected papers from the Dublin Core 2001 Conference

2002-02-05, This issue evolved in cooperation with the organizers and the program committee of DC-2001, the International conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications held in Tokyo, Japan. The papers are freely available online. More Information...

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Announces Formation of its First Board of Trustees

2002-02-01, The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) announces its first Board of Trustees, formed to provide strategic leadership and support to the organization. Trustees are selected for a variety of characteristics, including personal and professional abilities, geographical representation, and professional sector. More Information...

Document Announcements

Position paper on records management / recordkeeping metadata is now available for Comment

2002-09-03, This report was prepared by Andrew Wilson, co-chair of DC-Government WG and John Roberts and surveys the current state of international and/or global work on the development of records management / recordkeeping metadata element sets. The purpose of this was to determine whether DCMI should work on developing its own set or become involved in international projects carrying out this work. The report makes a number of recommendations for DCMI involvement, including the establishment of an Interest Group.

The report is available at: http://dublincore.org/groups/government/DCMIResourceManagement.html

Comments can be posted to the DC-General list until 29 September 2002.

The Usage Board has announced the availability of a new set of documents

2002-08-05, Besides initiating processes for the review and approval of new Dublin Core elements and qualifiers, the Usage Board has revamped the way Dublin Core Metadata Initiative documents its work. The documents, accessible from http://dublincore.org/usage/, currently include:

At its latest meeting, on 12-13 May 2002 in Bath, the Usage Board revised and simplified its model for conferring status on terms, making it easier for working groups to put new terms of proven usefulness into the DCMI-maintained namespaces. The Usage Board now distinguishes the following:

The new distinction between "Recommended" versus "Conforming" replaces one of "Recommended as Cross-Domain" versus "Recommended as Domain-Specific"--a model that had presupposed usefulness for resource discovery. After its first year of experience with the older model, the Usage Board recognized the difficulty presented by numerous "borderline" proposals and acknowledged a need for a managed and persistent namespace where terms of demonstrated need could be placed without following acceptance criteria in their strictest possible interpretations.

It should be noted that there was some dissent within the Usage Board on this move towards inclusiveness. There are several ways to "draw the line" between terms that are taken in versus terms that are kept out. All Board members recognized a difficult trade-off between exclusiveness and inclusiveness--between purity of ideals versus meeting demand. New terms recognized as Conforming under the new model include three element refinements for Date (dateAccepted, dateCopyrighted, and dateSubmitted). See [1] and [2] for complete documentation of these and other recent decisions along with their rationales.

In order to catch any errors that may have crept into the documents, especially in the links among them, the new and updated Usage Board documents will be available for public scrutiny and comment until 15 August, after which they will replace many of the documents currently in use, such as [2,3,4], as authoritative sources of information on DCMI terms.

Generic addresses for the elements and qualifiers [14,15] will be redirected to [6], and the generic address for the DCMI Type Vocabulary [16] will be redirected to [9].

Tom Baker, Chair, Usage Board

[1] http://dublincore.org/usage/decisions/#Decision-2002-01
[2] http://dublincore.org/documents/1999/07/02/dces/
[3] http://dublincore.org/documents/2000/07/11/dcmes-qualifiers/
[4] http://dublincore.org/documents/2000/07/11/dcmi-type-vocabulary/
[5] http://dublincore.org/usage/decisions/
[6] http://dublincore.org/usage/terms/dc/
[7] http://dublincore.org/usage/terms/dc/current-elements/
[8] http://dublincore.org/usage/terms/dc/current-schemes/
[9] http://dublincore.org/usage/terms/dcmitype/
[10] http://dublincore.org/usage/documents/profiles/
[11] http://dublincore.org/usage/decisions/2000/
[12] http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-namespace/
[13] http://dublincore.org/usage/documents/profiles/
[14] http://dublincore.org/documents/dces/
[15] http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmes-qualifiers/
[16] http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-type-vocabulary/
[17] http://dublincore.org/usage/decisions/#Decision-2002-02

Proposed XML Schema for Qualified Dublin Core is now available for Comment

2002-07-25, A small group has been working together to formulate a proposed XML schema for qualified Dublin Core. This work builds on a number of efforts including the joint work by the OAI (http://www.openarchives.org) and DCMI that led to the release of an XML schema for unqualified Dublin Core at http://dublincore.org/schemas/xmls/simpledc20020312.xsd, and the metadata work within the Harmony Project (http://metadata.net/harmony).

The proposal is available at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcmi/xmlschema/.

Comments on this proposal can be posted on the DC-Architecture list until 16 August 2002. [More information]

New version of the "Guidelines for implementing Dublin Core in XML" now available

2002-07-25, A new version of the "Guidelines for implementing Dublin Core in XML" document is available at: http://dublincore.org/documents/2002/07/23/dc-xml-guidelines/. The principal change in this version is to Recommendation 7 in line with the conventions adopted in the proposed XML schemas for qualified DC: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcmi/xmlschema/.

Comments on this proposal can be posted on the DC-Architecture list until 16 August 2002. [More information]

DC-Education Proposal for new Audience element qualifier is now available for review and public comment

2002-02-05, the Usage Board announces the availability for review and public comment of a proposal for a new Audience element qualifier submitted to the Board by the DC-Education Working Group. The text of the proposal can be reached from the "News" link on the DC-Education Working Group page.

Under the Usage Board Administrative Processes, proposals for new elements or element qualifiers submitted to the Board are posted on DC-General for a public comment period of one month. Public Comment is open for this document until 01 March 2002. Comments should be sent to DC-General with the title of the document in the subject.

Meeting Announcements

DC-2002 Call For Papers

2002-04-29, The DCMI 2002 Programme Committee invites papers in the following categories:

Deadline for papers is 2002-06-15. For more information... [PDF version]

DC-2002 will take place in Florence, Italy

2002-04-29, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that DC-2002 will take place October 14-17 in Florence, Italy. As with DC 2001 in Tokyo, we are planning a three track meeting: A workshop track A tutorial track A conference track The conference site will be the Convitto della Calza, an ancient convent of the 14th century, once a hospital for pilgrims, recently and completely restored. It is located in the historical centre of Florence, very close to the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio, near the Porta Romana.

The Conference track will present papers in the following areas:

The Workshop track will feature technical meetings of ongoing working groups of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The agenda for the workshop track is under development in DCMI Working Groups.

The Tutorial track provides structured learning activities designed to introduce participants to and guide them through selected topics of interest and importance to users, developers, and implementers of Dublin Core metadata. DC-2002 is organized by DCMI, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Istituto Universitario Europeo, Regione Toscana, UniversitÓ di Firenze

Project Announcements

WWW full-text and bibliographic resources for libraries

2002-03-12, The joint project of two national libraries: the National library of Russia (St.-Petersburg) and Russian state library (Moscow). The main aim of the register is to provide the verified information sources primarily for specialists in librarianship, information sciences, humanities and social sciences. Database supplied with rubricator that describes subject coverage. Records internal format is Dublin Core. Resources description language is Russian.

Tools Announcements

xdirectory

2002-02-21, xdirectory is the core of ESP's information management suite. Built from the ground up for the web, it offers a fully configurable, browser-based environment for creating and publishing searchable web-based information directories. xdirectory hand you the power to construct database-driven e-directories for your organisations intranet or public web-site.

The 'Core Edition' of this software is fully Dublin Core capable allowing metadata collections to be constructed and published for searching and browsing via the web using simple or qualified Dublin Core. The software allows multiple record 'types' to be defined, each of which can use the DC element set (with qualifiers if required) as its base and then incorporate additional elements to the meet specific need.

xdirectory
Esprit Soutron Partnership Ltd

IllumiNet Corpus

2002-02-11, Corpus is a search engine written in Java that index content, context and metadata in documents on the network or on the local file system. It is used as a "distributed relational database" for document-oriented solutions with metadata as indexed keys.

It also features:

Contact:
Jonas Bosson, IllumiNet AB, Stockholm, Sweden
+46-(0)8 666 96 61 (CET)
http://www.illuminet.se/
jonas@illuminet.se

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