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Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Resources

Using Dublin Core

The document "Using Dublin Core" is intended as an entry point for users of Dublin Core. For non-specialists, it will assist them in creating simple descriptive records for information resources (for example, electronic documents). Specialists may find the document a useful point of reference to the documentation of Dublin Core, as it changes and grows. Learn more


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.

The authoritative and primary means of communication is through the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Web Site. Scholary communication of this activity however also occures in electronic and physical journals, as well as books, lectures and organizational meetings. The DCMI Biblography is a designed to capture and document these additional means of communication regarding Dublin Core, metadata and resource description. Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

"What is the difference between 'Simple' ('unqualified') and 'Qualified' Dublin Core?," "What is the Warwick Framework?," and "How do I store proper names in Dublin Core?" are just some of the questions and answers that are availiable in the DCMI FAQ. Learn more


Presentations from members of the DCMI Community. Learn more

Metadata Training Resources

Members of the DCMI Community have provided access to their training materials for applying Dublin Core metadata to a number of different projects. Learn more

DCMI Document Translations

Members of the DCMI Community have taken the time to make translations of DCMI documents, such as the Element Set, versions 1.0 and 1.1; the Dublin Core Qualifiers and the Usage Guide. Learn more