News and Announcements
Webinar: Understanding and Testing Models
This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 14:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members.
Every structured exchange requires consensus about the structure. The Shape Expressions (ShEx) language captures these structures in an intuitive and powerful syntax. From metadata description (e.g. DDI) to data description (e.g. FHIR), ShEx provides a powerful schema language to develop, test and deploy shared models for RDF data.
DCMI 2018 Conference - Call for Papers (deadline extended)
The deadline for the call for papers for the DCMI Conference, 2018, has been extended to 7th May 2018.
This year's conference should be an exciting one. As well as the usual mixture of theoretical research and practical development, we will be co-located with the TPDL 2018 conference in the beautiful location of Porto, Portugal. Delegates will have access to both conference programmes with a single registration!
Full details, including instructions on how to submit proposals, deadlines etc.
DCMI 2018 Keynore Speakers Announced
DCMI is pleased to announce that the three keynote speakers for this year's conference (colocated with TPDL2018) will be Natalia Manola, Herbert Van de Sompel and Medha Devare. All three are leading figures in their areas, and together will undoubtedly provide a variety of engaging and, in some cases, challenging viewpoints!
Natalia Manola Herbert Van de Sompel Medha Devare Read more about our keynote speakers, and don't forget - it's not too late to submit a paper to the conference!
LRMI Vocabularies Announcement
DCMI and its LRMI Task Group are pleased to announce the publication of a set of controlled vocabularies (enumerations) for use with existing schema.org learning resource properties. The properties have been described using the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and serialized in Turtle. These vocabulary additions can be found on the LRMI website at http://lrmi.dublincore.org/specifications/concept_schemes/.
Alignment Type for use with schema.org/alignmentType Educational Audience Role for use with schema.org/audience Educational Use for use with schema.
DCMI 2018 Conference - Call for Papers
The Call for Papers for the DCMI Conference, 2018, has been issued!
Full details, including instructions on how to submit proposals, deadlines etc. can be found on the DCMI Conference Submission website.
More general information about the conference, venue, location etc. can be found on the DCMI website.
We are pleased to announce that DCMI's annual international conference, DC-2018, will be hosted by the University of Porto in Portugal, from September 10th - 13th.
We are also pleased to announce that the conference will be co-located with the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) annual international conference
The conferences will deliver two, parallel programmes of peer-reviewed papers, tutorials and workshops. Delegates will register once, and will then be free to choose between the two programmes, with some plenary sessions (keynotes) and social events bringing all delegates together.
CEDIA Joins as new Regional Member
I am delighted to report that the Corporación Ecuatoriana para el Desarrollo de Investigación y la Academia (CEDIA) has agreed to join DCMI as a regional member.
CEDIA is a national membership organisation which represents higher-education and research institutions in Ecuador. The organisations has a keen interest in metadata standardisation - especially in the domain of data repositories, and has been active in this area since 2009. CEDIA is a strong proponent of Open Access, and encourages and supports the adoption of interoperable metadata and specialised metadata vocabularies among its member organisations.
Webinar: Save the Children Resource Libraries
update: Branka Kosovac will join Joseph Busch in presenting this webinar
DCMI is pleased to announce a new webinar: Save the Children Resource Libraries: Aligning Internal Technical Resource Libraries with a Public Distribution Website.
Presented by Joseph Busch, Founder of Taxonomy Strategies and Branka Kosovac, Taxonomy Strategies associate and Principal of dotWit Consulting, the webinar will discuss a recent project which has established an internal library of technical resources at the international Save the Children charity.
2017 has been a year of transition, with Stuart Sutton stepping down after six years at the helm of DCMI as its Managing Director. He has been succeeded by Paul Walk.
DCMI would like to extend its gratitude to Stuart for his tremendous service, during a challenging period. Stuart is known for his warmth and generosity, which combined have made so many people feel welcomed into the DCMI community.
Some of our community were able to contribute their personal thoughts and messages for Stuart, and we compiled these into this document, which we had printed for Stuart in a little book to serve as a memento of his time as Director.
Responding To The Post-truth Phenomenon
In 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries declared that their Word Of The Year was to be "post-truth", which they defined as:
"relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief"
This decision reflects the way in which the concept of post-truth has quickly become a widely-acknowledged phenomenon and a mainstream concern. It should be of particular concern to those, such as librarians, with a professional interest in the provision of access to accurate information.