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Dublin Core Projects - Alphabetical



AHDS Arts & Humanities Data Service

The AHDS is a federal organisation, consisting of a central Executive and five service providers encompassing archaeology, history, textual studies and the performing and visual arts. The goal of this organisation is to build an integrated system capable of providing a seamless whole to the user of the electronic resources available from each service provider.



The ANL FULL database has been launched under the " Union Database of Article Bibliography Co-operative System - Optimization of Integration and Management of Heterogeneous Data" R&D project (duration: 2000-2004). This project is linked with the "Analytical Bibliographic Records as a Gateway to Full Texts of Documents" research program (duration:1999-2003). The both projects are funded by the Czech Ministry of Culture. The objective of the both projects is to provide user-oriented access to articles and enhance the end-user full text-oriented service. The first project is practical one, the second one is mainly conceptual.

Responsible person: Ivana Anderova, ivana-anderova@nkp.cz

Archeologia e Calcolatori
Home page: http://soi.cnr.it/archcalc

Archeologia e Calcolatori is an international journal established in 1990 and edited by the Italian National Research Council. It focuses on methodological and technical aspects of computer applications to archaeology. An OAI-PMH repository of published articles has been implemented on the basis of unqualified Dublin Core elements. Dublin Core metadata is also used in the HTML pages, dynamically created to allow Googlebot to index the repository content.

Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway and the Visual Arts Data Service
Home page: http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/
Home page: http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/

The Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway and the Arts Data Service are two services that aim to provide the UK Higher Education community with fast, reliable access to high quality networked resources in the visual arts, and to promote the use of standards of best practice through example and outreach.

Australasian Virtual Engineering Library (AVEL)
Homepage: http://avel.library.uq.edu.au

AVEL Sustainability Knowledge Network (AVEL SKN) and Australasian Virtual Engineering Library (AVEL) were subject gateways that operated from 1999-2005 giving access to quality Australasian engineering and information technology web-based resources.

Australian Government Locator Service (ALGS)

AGLS was developed in late 1997 as the resource discovery metadata standard for Australian governments and was endorsed for use by all levels of government in Australia in November 1998. AGLS is a qualified metadata standard based on Dublin Core, and consists of 19 elements - the 15 DC elements plus an additional four that were considered necessary in the Australian government context. AGLS goes beyond DC in being aimed at resource discovery and retrieval and was developed from the outset with the intention that it would be used to describe both online and off-line government resources.


Business Entry Point (BEP)
Home page: http://www.business.gov.au/

The Australian Government's Business Entry Point (BEP) is an initiative to make it easier for Australian businesses to deal with government. It provides a gateway to regulations, services and resources from the Federal Government and all Australian States and Territories. The BEP's metadata is based on Dublin Core and the Australian Government Locator Service. Currently, all metadata is collected in a central database where organisations register their content, but work is underway to access metadata held remotely. Substantial work has also been done to automate the creation of metadata.


CISMeF (Catalog and Index for French Speaking Health Sites)
Home page: http://www.chu-rouen.fr/cismef/

CISMeF, Catalog and Index for French Speaking Health Sites, is devoted to indexing and describing French language Internet resources in the areas of medicine and health. We use DC elements like description, resource type, source, language and subject. For the keywords scheme, we use the MeSH thesaurus of Medline, including its French translation.

Community Media Association multimedia archive

The Community Media Association (http://www.commedia.org.uk) has developed an online multimedia archive (http://www.showcase.commedia.org.uk). We have looked at DC and the work of the EBU ( http://www.ebu.ch/tech_t3293.pdf) and we have attempted to develop a metadata schema that is applicable to multimedia archives. We will use the DCMI banner on our Technical page to show that we have used DC. The Shared Online Media Archive (SOMA) metadata set can be viewed here http://soma-dev.sourceforge.net/

CORC (Cooperative Online Resources Cataloging)
Home page: http://purl.oclc.org/corc/

The CORC Research Project will explore the cooperative creation of a catalog of Internet resources. Among the goals of the project: accommodation of both local and shared metadata, promotion of mixing of metadata for physical and digital items, RDF/XML import and export, MARC and Dublin Core import and export, and the integration of Dublin Core and MARC into a single system.


http://www.surffoundation.nl/smartsite.dws?id=5164 (in Dutch only)

The DARE programme is a joint initiative of the Dutch universities and three related institutes to make their research results digitally accessible through a networked repository. DARE is coordinated by the SURF Foundation.

Digital Library Catalog

This project includes books, essays, speeches, and other textual material in HTML, technical reports (in various formats), photographs, engravings and other visual materials, and video and sound clips.


EdNA (Education Network Australia)

EdNA is a collaborative project between all Australian States and Territories and all sectors of education and training; schools, vocational education and training, adult community education, and higher education. EdNA is using a metadata standard based on Dublin Core.

Electronic Visualization Library

The Electronic Visualization Library (Evlib) is a distributed electronic publishing service. Visualization experts and authors of documents about topics related to data visualization are invited to submit their documents or references to them, to allow the visualization community faster access to available information.

Environment Australia

Environment Australia is utilizing Dublin Core for its Web metadata and internal searches. The Environment Australia On-line Service is a site dealing with Australia's Environment and has over 8,000 on-line documents serving up over 1 GB of information, with further links into a range of databases.

EULER (European Libraries and Electronic Resources in Mathematical Sciences)

The aim of this EU-funded project is to provide user-oriented, integrated network based access to mathematical publication. The EULER service intends to offer a "one-stop shopping site" for users interested in Mathematics. Using Dublin Core-based Metadata descriptions, EULER will integrate: Bibliographic databases; library online public access catalogues; electronic journals from academic publishers; online archives of preprints and grey literature; and indexes of mathematical Internet resources. A common user interface - the EULER Engine - will assist the user in searching for relevant topics in all sources at once.

Everglade Information Network & Digital Library

The collection will include technical reports, scientific papers, conference programs and abstracts, numerical vegetation or water quality data, maps, slides and photos, legal documents and archival documents covering the subject areas of long-term ecological research, biotic and hydrologic data, marine ecology, and wetlands restoration and resource management.


Francois Rabelais University Libraries

The website for the Francois Rabelais University allows users to access several parts of the University library and five different departmental library sites. The web site also gives access to the OPAC of the University Library and the CESR (Center for Higher Renaissance Studies).

French National Mathematical Preprint and Thesis Project

The French National Mathematical Preprint and Thesis Project aims to build a comprehensive index giving access to mathematical grey literature by using robot-based gathering and indexing of abstracts distributed over many web sites. Each abstract contains DC metadata, either created by authors, via a form, or by librarians, via automatic transformation of database records. General information about the project (in French) is available. The index can be directly queried at http://www.mathdoc.ujf-grenoble.fr/prepub.html.


Gathering the Jewels
http://www.gtj.org.uk/, http://www.tlysau.org.uk/

Gathering the Jewels is a website for Welsh cultural history. Over 20,000 images and metadata (using Dublin Core standards) of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, libraries and record offices in Wales.

The German Educational Resources Server [Deutscher Bildungs-Server]

This site currently contains about 2,000 Web documents about teaching and learning materials from students, teachers, publishers and state educational authorities. Supported by the German society of Educational Scientists (DgfE) and other educational organizations, the German Educational Resources Server includes directories of educational researchers and institutions of higher education with teacher training programs. It serves as a hub of a larger national network of state and regional educational servers.



Image2DocInfo provides a way to describe pictures. Image2DocInfo has been made to quickly and simply tag digital pictures. A GUI allows you to set different attributes for an image, and then stores them in XML files. Those XML files follow the Dublin Core naming scheme and are stored in the same directories than the pictures themselves. Distincts tools allow to save pictures with their descriptions, and to generate albums from the XML files.

InDoReg: Internet Document Registration

The main objective of the first phase of the InDoReg project (1996-1997) was to find a solution for registration of Internet documents at the national bibliographic level. The objectives of Phase 2 (1998-1999) are to implement Phase One recommendations, which include the use of Danish Dublin Core in the registration process. InDoReg is funded by the Danish National Library Authority.


Jed Modes Repository

The Jed Modes Repository is a collection of S-Lang scripts (modes) contributed by users of the Jed programmers editor. It uses DC metadata terms for the characterisation of the submissions.


Kirovohrad Universal Research Library METADATA Project.

Ukrainian web site that features a Dublin Core metadata viewer and editor.
Begun in fall 1999, the goal of KURL's METADATA project is to explore the use of a metadata standard for library web sites. Beginning in 2000, our site has used Dublin Core, and our site currently has more than 1000 pages coded with Dublin Core.

Viewer-Generator Dublin Core metadata.
An online form to test a URL for the presence of Dublin Core metadata. Also automatically generates Dublin Core metadata for a page that contains only traditional HTML metadata.

Editor-Converter Dublin Core metadata.
The online program can be used for two purposes: as a Dublin Core metadata editor, and as a converter to UNIMARC. The English interface can be found at http://www.library.kr.ua/dc/dceditunie.html
After conversion to UNIMARC format, metadata can be saved to your local hard drive as an ISO-2709 file. Viewable in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Project Director, Oleh Volokhin at omv@library.kr.ua


MALVINE: Manuscripts and Letters via Integrated Networks in Europe

The MALVINE project opens new and enhanced access to disparate holdings of modern manuscripts and letters, kept and catalogued in European libraries, archives, documentation centers and museums. The idea of MALVINE is to build a network of these institutions in Europe; a network which is independent of heterogeneous technical solutions (Detailed technical information) and which is accessible from all over the world as if being a homogenous unified database. A multilingual user interface will be provided, using an agreed common terminology and will offer digitized surrogates of the precious original documents.

Metadata Project [Metadaten-Projekt]

This project explores the use of metadata from a library point of view and looks at the impact of the developments in networked information resource discover on traditional cataloging rules. The project is aimed at the transmission of the accumulated know-how in networked resource discovery from the international to the German library scene and is part of a larger project involving several German libraries and library institutions.

Monticello Electronic Library

The basic function of the Monticello Electronic Library is to link distributed regional resources regardless of source or type of information. The Dublin Core Element Set is being used to provide semantic interoperability between several databases of electronic media and record types including SGML, EAD, Finding Aid, MARC and GILS collections.


MPRESS is an index which has, currently, about 35,000 mathematical preprints. The standard way for authors to contribute: create DC Metadata using form interfaces. The documents themselves reside on more than 100 distributed hosts. The service allows for browsing along Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) and authors' list and searching the Metadata of the documents. It leads the user to the (full text) resource on the originating site. Problems of heterogeneity between different interpretations of DC are reduced using filters during the import of data into the index.

The MusicBrainz Project

The musicbrainz project is run by volunteers that are defining a metadata standard for music recordings. This metadata standard is an extension of the Dublin Core. The goal of the project is to define the metadata standard for music and to create a metadata catalog of all music recordings around the world. The current database with metadata still contains less than a million entries.


The National Library of the Netherlands [Koninklijke Bibliotheek]

The National Library of the Netherlands is in the process of developing a new version of its Web-information service. There will be a new layout, new functionality features and DC Metadata element incorporated into the HTML pages. The final version is expected to be up and running in Fall 1997.

The Nordic Metadata Project

Among Nordic countries, there is a special need for shared metadata creation system, as it will facilitate further the already active use of ILL and document delivery services within Scandinavia. The Dublin Core is being used to provide and enhance end-user services by making a diversity of digital documents more easily searchable and deliverable over the Net.



OmniPaper is a 36-month project (started 1 January 2002) supported by the IST programme of the European Commission. OmniPaper is investigating methods for drastically enhancing multilingual access to distributed information resources in a self-learning environment. The OmniPaper prototype will enable users to search for and navigate through online news originating from a large number of digital European newspapers. It use the DCMES and DCQ encoded in RDF/XML.


PhysNet (was Electronic Information Management and Metadata in Physics)

PhysNet offers a set of lists of links to all Physics Institutions worldwide ordered by country and town and a search facility on the Web through the local Physics Institutions for locally stored documents.


A joint project of several national libraries and the European Union, which aims to establish an electronic metadata link between publishers and National Bibliographic Agencies (NBA's) to exchange metadata records of newly published items. The demonstration phase of this project is scheduled to run between November 1997 and March 1999.

Project DESIRE

DESIRE demonstrates two approaches to resource discovery: subject based services based on manual selection and description of high quality resources, and a regional search service based on metadata generated by automated web crawlers. The project aims to monitor and incorporate new developments in metadata management as appropriate. The automated web crawler is now "metadata aware" and will gather Dublin Core descriptions.



SCHEMAS is an accompanying measure under the European Commission's IST programme, aiming to guide and educate metadata schema implementers about the status and proper use of new and emerging metadata standards or metadata modules for local use in customised schemas.

SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network)

SCRAN is a project to build a networked multimedia resource base for the study, teaching and appreciation of history and material culture in Scotland. The founding partners are the National Museums of Scotland, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and the Scottish Museums Council. It is anticipated that easy access to 1.5 million text records of artifacts and historic monuments and 100,000 related multimedia resources will be available by the year 2001.

Subject Area Information for Anglo-American History
Subject Area Information for Anglo-American Literature
Subject Area Information for Earth Sciences [SSG-Fachinformation (SSG-FI) Geowissenschaften]
Subject Area Information for Mathematics [SSG-Fachinformation (SSG-FI) Mathematick]

Metadata is generated for the listing and evaluation of information related to Mathematics, Earth Sciences or Anglo-American History and Literature. Sources include Internet servers, CD-ROM's and reference books.


Te Kete Ipurangi - the Online Learning Centre

This national site, an initiative of New Zealand's Ministry of Education, is being developed and managed by The Learning Centre Trust to support the growing online education community in New Zealand. The current online version is phase 1 of a two phase project. The second phase will see the site re-launch early in 2000 as a bilingual education portal+ site which will provide visitors with both quality-assured content and links to evaluated online education resources. The site will continue to be developed and expanded by the Trust over the next two years and the site invites contributions from the New Zealand and global education communities. The Trust is currently in the process of developing a National Education Standard which will define a Dublin Core education set and an education metadata set for TKI. The Trust hopes that this will be developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, Victoria, Australia so that an Australasian set can be explored. The Trust plans to make available to authors of other New Zealand education sites, tools which will assist them to apply the agreed Education Standards to the content they produce. For more information about this project, contact the Project Director, Jill Wilson at jill@tki.org.nz.


University of Washington Digital Collections

The University of Washington Digital Collections is contributing to the development and adoption of standard resource descriptors for networked information; our initial efforts in this arena focus on image collections. The project is using extended Dublin Core descriptors for image collections.


The Victorian Education Channel

The Victorian Education Channel (an educational gateway for the State of Victoria, Australia) has been developed to integrate access to educational information and services available on the web. In particular, it provides integrated access to resources from the Department of Education, Employment and Training (DEET), Victoria and associated providers. It also supports discovery of other resources pertinent to Victorian education. The Channel is for teachers, students, parents and the community - anyone requiring information with an educational focus - and covers all sectors of education from early school to tertiary and vocational.


Worthington Memory

Worthington Libraries and Worthington Historical Society (Ohio) have partnered to build Worthington Memory, an online scrapbook of Worthington History.The goal of this collaborative project is to build a virtual collection of local history resources, providing greater access to and enhanced public awareness of Worthington's rich history.Worthington Memory adopted the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set with qualifiers and has developed a template for metadata creation.A sample template for public access is available at http://www.worthingtonmemory.org/DC_Form.cfm.

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