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DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, Nov. 10, 2003The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative will hold its annual conference on Oct.11-14, 2004 at the Shanghai Library, in Shanghai China. The 2004 conference is sponsored in partnership with the Shanghai Library.

"The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative 2004 conference will be an excellent opportunity to exchange views and experiences related to metadata research and applications between the Chinese and the international communities," said DCMI director Makx Dekkers.

The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, also known as "Dublin Core," was developed for use on the Web and in other information networks across a wide variety of subject areas, languages and economic sectors. Dublin Core has been adopted by seven national governments and translated into more than 25 languages. OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. serves as the primary sponsor for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and manages its Web site.

"To cope with the growing Chinese resources on the Internet, the Shanghai Library has focused on metadata development over the past several years. The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative 2004 conference will be an excellent forum for exchanging views on metadata research and application, while allowing us to learn from our international colleagues," said Professor Wu Jianzhong, Director, Shanghai Library and Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of Shanghai and President, Shanghai Society for Library Science.

About Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) and OCLC

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is an organization dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of interoperable metadata standards and developing specialized metadata vocabularies for describing resources that enable more intelligent information discovery systems. Ongoing efforts of DCMI participants include the collaborative development and continual refinement of metadata conventions based on research and feedback between DCMI Working Groups. For more information visit Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization, is a key supporter of Dublin Core and has hosted the DCMI directorate since its inception in 1995. For more information visit www.oclc.org. OCLC and Dublin Core are registered trademarks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

About the Shanghai Library

The Shanghai Library is the largest public library in China and is listed as one of the ten largest libraries in the world. Taking "reader first" as its motto, the library is a portal for information and is a leader in IT infrastructure development. The Shanghai Library has been a pioneer in advancing the development and use of metadata. The library is a long-standing partner of DCMI and OCLC. For more information visit the Shanghai Library.

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