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DCMI News 2007

DC-2008 Call for Papers published

2007-12-03, The Call for Papers for DC-2008, to be held 22-26 September 2008 in Berlin, is now available from the conference Web site. The theme of the conference is "Metadata for Semantic and Social Applications". Papers, reports, and poster submissions addressing the conference theme as well as a wide range of metadata topics are welcome. Please note that the submission deadline for papers, reports and posters is 30 March 2008.

Updates for DC-TEXT syntax and Usage Board application profile review

2007-12-03, An updated specification for DC-TEXT — a syntax for serializing, or representing, a Dublin Core metadata description set in plain text — has been published as a DCMI Recommended Resource. A new Web page for formal reviews of application profiles by the Usage Board now links to a review of the Collections Application Profile. Public Comment closed on 3 December 2008 for the DCMI Proposed Recommendation, "Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements".

New Community: DCMI Knowledge Management Community

2007-11-05, At the meeting of the DCMI Global Corporate Circle at DC-2007 in Singapore it was suggested to re-focus the group from its charter that places the main attention on application of Dublin Core metadata in corporate environments to a more general focus on Knowledge Management. After further discussion by the DCMI Advisory Board, the suggestion was accepted. As a result, we are now announcing the establishement of the new DCMI Knowledge Management Community. The group is moderated by Mary Woodley of the California State University Northridge and Johannes Keizer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome. Johannes has also become a member of the DCMI Advisory Board. An invitation to participate in the Knowledge Management Community will be distributed shortly on DC-General and on other lists. The DCMI Global Corporate Circle will be deactivated in the next month.

Public Comment on encoding specifications for Dublin Core metadata in HTML and XHTML

2007-11-05, Public Comment is being held from 5 November through 3 December 2007 on the DCMI Proposed Recommendation, "Expressing Dublin Core metadata using HTML/XHTML meta and link elements" by Pete Johnston and Andy Powell. Interested members of the public are invited to post comments to the DC-ARCHITECTURE mailing list, including "[DC-HTML Public Comment]" in the subject line. Depending on comments received, the specification may be finalized after the comment period as a DCMI Recommendation.

New Community: DCMI Scholarly Communications

2007-10-01, At the DCMI Advisory Board meeting in Singapore on 1 September, a new Community was established, the DCMI Scholarly Communications Community. This group is a forum for individuals and organisations to exchange information, knowledge and general discussion on issues relating to using Dublin Core for describing research papers, scholarly texts, data objects and other resources created and used within scholarly communications. The group is moderated by Rosemary Russell of UKOLN and Julie Allinson of the University of York who have both become members of the DCMI Advisory Board. An invitation to participate in the Scholarly Communications Community will be distributed shortly on DC-General and on other lists.

New Community: DCMI Identifiers

2007-10-01, At DC-2007, a Special Session was held on the issue of identifiers, aimed at those interested in finding out more about work underway around identifiers and to participate in identifying the issues from the DCMI community's perspective. Following that meeting, it was decided to set up a new community, the DCMI Identifiers Community to provide a forum to discuss the design and use of identifiers in metadata. The group will be moderated by Douglas Campbell of the National Library of New Zealand. An invitation to participate in this new community will be distributed shortly on DC-General and on other lists.

New members for DCMI Usage Board: Julie Allinson and Pete Johnston

2007-10-01, The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the DCMI Usage Board: Julie Allinson (Library and Archives, University of York, UK) and Pete Johnston (Eduserv Foundation, UK). Andy Powell (Eduserv Foundation, UK) and Stuart Sutton (University of Washington, USA) — both founding members of the Usage Board — have stepped down after six years of service.

New translations of DCMI documents added

2007-10-01, Over the last months, a number of new translations of DCMI documents have been added to the list on the translations page. The latest additions include translations of the DCMI Metadata Terms into Russian; the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, version 1.1 into German, Persian and Russian; the DCMI Type vocabulary into Russian; Expressing Dublin Core in HTML/XHTML meta and link elements into French and Russian, and Using Dublin Core into French.

"Singapore Framework" for Dublin Core Application Profiles

2007-09-18, A main outcome of DC-2007 is the "Singapore Framework", a set of documents that together form the specification of a Dublin Core Application Profile. As presented by Mikael Nilsson at DC-2007, this documentation set puts a formal "Description Set Profile" into the context of functional requirements, domain models, syntax bindings, and user guidelines. The Singapore Framework will guide DCMI Task Groups that are developing Application Profiles and underpins the formal evaluation of Application Profiles by the DCMI Usage Board.

DC-2007: closing presentation and conference papers available on-line

2007-09-10, DC-2007 in Singapore was attended by 190 participants from 33 countries. As usual, the program contained a mix between research and implementation issues, while many of the DCMI Communities and Task Groups met in breakout sessions. The closing presentation is now available on-line, as well as the online version of the DC-2007 proceedings.

DC-2008 to be held in Berlin, 22-26 September 2008

2007-09-10, At DC-2007, the location and dates for next year's conference were revealed. DC-2008 will be held in Berlin, Germany from 22 through 26 September 2008. The event will be jointly organized by the Competence Centre for Interoperable Metadata (KIM), Max Planck Digital Library, Göttingen State and University Library, the German National Library and Humboldt University. Please see the Conference Web site for further news as it develops.

DC-2007 opens next week

2007-08-20, DC-2007 is now only one week away. The day before the conference, Monday 27 August 2007 is Tutorial Day while the conference and workshop will run from Tuesday 28 August through Thursday 30 August followed by a day on Friday 31 August with two seminars. Online registration is now closed, but you can register on site at the National Library on Sunday 26 August from 14:00 to 18:00, and from Monday 27 August from 08:00 at the conference venue, the InterContinental Singapore, on level 2. Please check out the conference Web site for the latest news. We are looking forward to meeting many of you in Singapore!

DC-2007: REGISTER NOW!

2007-08-06, The preparations for DC-2007, to be held in Singapore from 27 through 31 August 2007 are now drawing to a close. The final program for the conference now contains links to presentation slides and workshop session agendas. Online registration closes on 18 August 2007. On-site registration will be available on Sunday 26 August at the National Library from 14:00 to 18:00, and from Monday 27 August at the conference venue, the InterContinental Singapore, on level 2 from 08:00. Please note that only cash payment in Singapore dollars will be accepted for on-site registration. Also note that hotel reservations will be available through the conference Web site until 10 August. The hotels will not hold any rooms for conference attendees after this date so please book as soon as possible if you still need accommodation.

Public comment closed

2007-08-06, Public Comment is now closed for the editorial revisions to existing DCMI terms and for a proposed set of classes for use as domains and ranges of DCMI properties. The proposals will now be discussed by the DCMI Usage Board in their meeting in Singapore on 25 and 26 August 2007.

DCMI Status report August 2007 published

2007-08-06, Makx Dekkers, DCMI Managing Director, has published a new status report of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, covering the period March 2007 to August 2007. Read the report...

DCMI Web site and documentation survey

2007-08-06, As part of a program to evaluate the Web site and documentation published by DCMI, a survey has been developed asking a broad range of users for their feedback on DCMI's Web presence. Results will be anonymous, but in hopes that some responders will be willing to provide additional feedback, a place for names and e-mail addresses is included to allow more in depth interviews as well. Members of the DCMI community are encouraged to distribute the questionnaire announcement to those who might be interested in assisting in this Web site review. If distribution is made to mailing lists, please copy Diane Hillmann on the distribution e-mail so that the review team can track how broadly the questionnaire has been seen. The questionnaire will be available through 5 September 2007 only, so please don't delay in your responses. Go to the survey....

New approval process for DCMI documents

2007-08-06, Following the changes in work structure that have taken place since DC-2006, the DCMI Directorate, in consultation with the DCMI Usage Board and DCMI Advisory Board, has revised the approval processes for DCMI documents. As of August 2007, the new procedure described in the DCMI Process Document Procedure for approval of proposals by DCMI is in effect. Please also note the Proposal Submission Form that can be used for submission of proposals.

Development of DCMI Application Profile Model and Wiki tools for Application Profiles

2007-08-06, DCMI has commissioned two work items that are related to the development of Application Profiles. The first is a specification of a DCMI Description Set Profile as part of a more formal DCMI Application Profile Model, drafted by Mikael Nilsson. Following from that work, Fredrik Enoksson is designing a Wiki format for Dublin Core Application Profiles which both renders the profile readably in HTML and is structured in such a way that it can be automatically converted by a script into an XML format. The work also includes designing and building a tool for transforming an Application Profile in the Wiki format into an XML representation of the profile. Results of this work are foreseen to be demonstrated at a plenary Architecture session at DC-2007 on Tuesday 28 August 2007.

DC-2007 Guest of Honour confirmed, program updated

2007-07-02, The Organizing Committee of DC-2007, to be held 27-31 August 2007 in Singapore, is pleased to announce that the Guest of Honour at the conference opening will be Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. The conference program has been updated and now contains the titles and presenters of the Conference Papers, as well as more information on the workshop and special sessions. Please note that the early bird registration closes on 9 July. Full rates apply from 10 July. The Call for Sponsors is still open.

Public Comment on revisions to DCMI terms and assignment of domains and ranges

2007-07-02, Public Comment is being held from 2 through 30 July on a set of editorial revisions to existing DCMI terms and on a proposed set of classes for use as domains and ranges of DCMI properties. Domains and ranges reinforce the natural-language definition of a property with explicit statements that support inferences about the type of resource being described. Interested members of the public are invited to post comments to the DC-ARCHITECTURE mailing list, including "[Public Comment]" in the subject line. After Public Comment, the proposal will be submitted to the DCMI Usage Board for finalization.

Revised DCMI Namespace Policy published

2007-07-02, Following a public comment period earlier this year, a revised DCMI Namespace Policy has been published. The revision documents the creation of a new namespace for entities of the DCMI Abstract Model and updates the terminology used.

DC-2007 Preliminary program published, on-line registration opens

2007-06-04, The Organizing Committee of DC-2007, to be held in Singapore from 27 through 31 August 2007, has published the preliminary program for the conference. Keynotes will be given by Johannes Keizer, team leader for Semantic Standards in the Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome and Zhang Xiaoxing, Deputy Director of the National Cultural Information Resource Center of China. Online registration is now open. Please note the early bird rates that are valid until the 9th of July 2007. The Call for Sponsors is still open.

DCMI Task Group for collaborative work on Resource Description and Access (RDA)

2007-06-04, A new DCMI Task Group is being set up for collaborative work on Resource Description and Access (RDA), a library standard being developed for resource description and access in the digital world, building on foundations established by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR). The Task Group, led by Diane Hillmann of Cornell University and Gordon Dunsire of Strathclyde University, is being set up in response to recommendations of a meeting hosted by the British Library on 30 April and 1 May 2007 between people involved in DCMI, the Semantic Web community and developers of RDA. The charter of the Task Group is to define components of RDA as an RDF vocabulary for use in developing a Dublin Core application profile. The work will be done through a mailing list DC-RDA@jiscmail.ac.uk and a Wiki. For more information, please contact Diane Hillmann.

Presentation on benefits of using Dublin Core published

2007-06-04, Based on work done by Barbara Gorson and subsequent review by a committee of the DCMI Advisory Board, a general presentation of the benefits of using Dublin Core metadata has been produced under the title "Making Information Work: the Dublin Core Way".

Dublin Core Metadata Element Set renewed as ANSI/NISO standard

2007-06-04, As the result of a five-year review, an updated version of the "The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set" has been published as ANSI/NISO Standard Z39.85-2007.

Revised DCMI Abstract Model approved as a DCMI Recommendation

2007-06-04, Incorporating resolutions of comments received in the public comment period in April 2007, a revised version of the DCMI Abstract Model has been approved as a DCMI Recommendation. A related specification "Expressing Dublin Core metadata using the Resource Description Framework (RDF)" supersedes a 2002 Proposed Recommendation on "Expressing Qualified Dublin Core in RDF / XML". The new RDF specification remains a DCMI Proposed Recommendation pending the resolution of issues raised during the public comment period.

Call for tender for a machine-processable application profile format

2007-05-18, DCMI has published a Call for Tender for the creation of a structured document format expressing a Description Set Profile (part of a Dublin Core Application Profile) as a wiki page, along with a script for transforming the wiki document into a machine-processable representation in XML.

Official DC-2007 Web site installed

2007-05-07, The official Web site of DC-2007, to be held in Singapore from 27 through 31 August 2007, is now online. Information about the conference will be posted on a regular basis. Organizations interested in sponsoring the event are kindly invited to look at the Call for Sponsors.

Description Set Profile model under development

2007-05-07, The DCMI Directorate has awarded a contract to Mikael Nilsson (Knowmania HB, Sweden) to draft a specification modelling a "Description Set Profile" — the core component of an Application Profile — as a formal set of templates and constraints on the basis of the DCMI Abstract Model. A first draft of this specification will form the basis of subsequent Call for Tender to design a structured document format in support of formally defined Application Profiles.

DCMI Tools workshop at ELPUB in Vienna, 13 June 2007

2007-05-07, At the ELPUB conference in Vienna, a DCMI Tools workshop will be held under the title "Ontologies for Digital Application Description". The workshop will take place on 13 June 2007 and focus on the development of an ontology for the description of algorithms, tools, and applications developed in the context of the Semantic Web and DCMI metadata definitions. The workshop is open for all participants of the ELPUB conference and members of the DCMI Tools community. For more information, see the DCMI Tools Community page.

Extended deadline for submission of papers for DC-2007 16 April 2007

2007-04-02, The Program Committee for DC-2007, to be held in Singapore from 27 through 31 August 2007, has extended the deadline for submission of papers to 16 April 2007. For more information, please see the Call for Papers.

Award of March tenders to Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps

2007-04-02, The DCMI Directorate has awarded the two Calls for Tender, issued in March 2007, to Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps at Cornell University. Over the next couple of months they will be analyzing the usage of the Web site and the DCMI documentation, and give recommendations for improvement.

Public comments for revision of DCMI Abstract Model and RDF encoding specification

2007-04-02, Public comment will be held from 2 to 30 April 2007 on two related documents: the "DCMI Abstract Model" and the specification "Expressing Dublin Core metadata using the Resource Description Framework", or DC-RDF. In accordance with feedback received in an earlier public comment period from 4 February to 4 March 2007, the Abstract Model has been modified to differentiate literal and non-literal values in order to support unambiguous transformations into RDF from any encoding syntax that follows the Abstract Model. The DC-RDF specification, a DCMI Proposed Recommendation, updates an earlier draft in line with the latest version of the Abstract Model, as detailed in the document "Notes on DCMI specifications for Dublin Core metadata in RDF"

New moderators for DCMI Architecture Forum: Tom Baker and Mikael Nilsson

2007-04-02. After four years of service, Andy Powell of Eduserve Foundation (UK) is stepping down as moderator of the DCMI Architecture Forum. Mikael Nilsson of KTH, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), co-author of the DCMI Abstract Model and the specification for expressing Dublin Core metadata in RDF, will co-moderate the forum together with Thomas Baker of DCMI. Mikael in now also a member of the DCMI Advisory Board.

Results of mid-year meeting of the DCMI Usage Board

2007-04-02, The DCMI Usage Board held its mid-year meeting in Barcelona on 16-17 March 2007. The Usage Board reviewed a revised version of the Collection Description Application Profile, determined that it "conforms" to the DCMI Abstract Model, and is finalizing a formal review. A proposal for assigning domains and ranges to DCMI properties was discussed in light of public comment and is being revised for a further round of public comment in May 2007. The Usage Board formulated responses to comments submitted during a five-year review of NISO/ANSI Z39.85-2001 (the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set) held from 23 January to 8 March 2007. Having completed editorial revisions of the Element Set and the Type Vocabulary, the Usage Board is currently preparing a set of clarifications and updates to the remaining DCMI metadata terms for public comment later this year.

Calls for tender for recommendation for DCMI Web site and for user-oriented introductory material

2007-03-05, DCMI has published two Calls for Tender, one for Analysis of and Recommendations for DCMI Web site and one for User-oriented introductory material and training resources. The deadline for offers is 14 March 2007.

DCMI Paper Repository hosted by the National Library of Korea

2007-03-05, The DCMI Directorate is very pleased to announce that on 28 February 2007, a new version of the DCMI Conference Paper Repository has been installed at the National Library of Korea. The National Library of Korea, in co-operation with Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, have built a system to give public access to the papers of the conferences held in Florence (2002), Seattle (2003), Shanghai (2004) and Madrid (2005). The papers of the conference of 2006 in Manzanillo will be added in the near future. The Repository can be accessed from the link in the left-hand navigation bar on the DCMI home page.

DCMI Status report March 2007 published

2007-03-05, Makx Dekkers, DCMI Managing Director, has published a new status report of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, covering the period September 2006 to March 2007. Read the report...

Public comment period for revision of DCMI Abstract Model and other documents finished

2007-03-05, The public comment period for the revised version of the Abstract Model, the revised DCMI Namespace Policy and a proposal for a vocabulary of classes and their use as the domains and ranges has now finished after a lively discussion on the DC-Architecture list. The authors of the documents will be considering the comments received. Further announcements are expected in the next few months.

DC-2006 Tutorials now available

2007-03-05, The Tutorials of the DC-2006 conference in Manzanillo are now available on the Metadata Training Resources page on the DCMI home page.

Public comment for revision of DCMI Abstract Model

2007-02-05, The DCMI Abstract Model, which attained the status of DCMI Recommendation in March 2005, has been revised in light of discussion and feedback from the DCMI Architecture Working Group, the DCMI Usage Board, and the broader community. This revised version of the Abstract Model has been posted for a four-week public comment period. A revised DCMI Namespace Policy proposing a new DCMI namespace for Abstract Model entities has been posted for comment at the same time. For more information please consult a longer announcement on the DC-ARCHITECTURE mailing list. Interested members of the public are invited to post comments on these Proposed Recommendations to the DC-ARCHITECTURE mailing list, including "[DCAM Public Comment]" in the subject line. Public Comment will be open from 5 February through 5 March 2007.

Public Comment on a DCMI vocabulary of domain and range classes

2007-02-05, In connection with the revision of the DCMI Abstract Model, Andy Powell has developed a proposal for a vocabulary of classes and their use as the domains and ranges of metadata elements maintained by DCMI. Domains and ranges specify -- in a form usable for inferencing -- what kind of described resources and value resources are associated with a given property. The assignment of formal domains and ranges makes the meanings implicit in natural-language definitions available for machine processing. So as not to affect the conformance of legacy implementations of Simple Dublin Core in RDF (see notes on this issue), DCMI proposes to replicate the fifteen elements of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set — currently identified using the namespace http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/ — in the namespace http://purl.org/dc/terms/. Terms in the former namespace are to remain unspecified as to domain and range; terms in the latter are to be assigned domains and ranges as outlined in the proposal. "Domains and Ranges for DCMI Properties" has been posted for Public Comment from 5 February through 5 March 2007. Interested members of the public are invited to post comments to the DC-ARCHITECTURE mailing list, including "[Domains and Ranges Public Comment]" in the subject line. After Public Comment, the proposal will be submitted to the DCMI Usage Board for a further review and decision.

DCMI Board of Trustees, Usage Board to meet in March

2007-02-05, The next meetings of the DCMI Board of Trustees and Usage Board will take place in Barcelona in March 2007 at the premises of Barcelona Media. The Usage Board meeting is scheduled for 16 and 17 March, while the Trustees will meet on 18 March 2007.

DC-2007 Call for Papers published, deadline for submissions 2 April 2007

2007-01-15, The Program Committee for DC-2007, to be held in Singapore from 27 through 31 August 2007, has issued the Call for Papers for the conference. Please note that the deadline for submission of papers is 2 April 2007.

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