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DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar:

Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable: Recommendations of the RDA Working Group

Webinar Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 10:00am-11:15am EDT (UTC 14:00 - World Clock: http://bit.ly/Webinar-Andreas_Rauber)

Abstract: Being able to reliably and efficiently identify entire or subsets of data in large and dynamically growing or changing datasets constitutes a significant challenge for a range of research domains. In order to repeat an earlier study, to apply data from an earlier study to a new model, we need to be able to precisely identify the very subset of data used. While verbal descriptions of how the subset was created (e.g. by providing selected attribute ranges and time intervals) are hardly precise enough and do not support automated handling, keeping redundant copies of the data in question does not scale up to the big data settings encountered in many disciplines today. Furthermore, we need to be able to handle situations where new data gets added or existing data gets corrected or otherwise modified over time. Conventional approaches, such as assigning persistent identifiers to entire data sets or individual subsets or data items, are thus not sufficient.

In this webinar, Andreas Rauber will review the challenges identified above and discuss solutions that are currently elaborated within the context of the working group of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) on Data Citation: Making Dynamic Data Citeable. The approach is based on versioned and time-stamped data sources, with persistent identifiers being assigned to the time-stamped queries/expressions that are used for creating the subset of data. We will further review results from the first pilots evaluating the approach.


Portrait: Andreas Rauber

Andreas Rauber
Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (IFS) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien). He furthermore is president of AARIT, the Austrian Association for Research in IT and a Key Researcher at Secure Business Austria (SBA-Research). He is co-chairing the RDA Working Group on Data Citation together with Ari Asmi and Dieter van Uytvanck.

He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2001 he joined the National Research Council of Italy ([http://www.cnr.it/sitocnr/home.html CNR]) in Pisa as an ERCIM Research Fellow, followed by an ERCIM Research position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), at Rocquencourt, France, in 2002. From 2004-2008 he was also head of the iSpaces] research group at the eCommerce Competence Center (ec3).


Categories: Research Data Alliance (RDA) | citable dynamic data 
Webinar Type: Overview

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DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar:

From 0 to 60 on SPARQL queries in 50 minutes

Webinar Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 10:00am-11:15am EDT (UTC 14:00 - World Clock: http://bit.ly/Webinar-Ethan_Gruber)

Abstract: This webinar provides an introduction to SPARQL, a query language for RDF. Users will gain hands on experience crafting queries, starting simply, but evolving in complexity. These queries will focus on coinage data in the SPARQL endpoint hosted by http://nomisma.org: numismatic concepts defined in a SKOS-based thesaurus and physical specimens from three major museum collections (American Numismatic Society, British Museum, and Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) linked to these concepts. Results generated from these queries in the form of CSV may be imported directly into Google Fusion Tables for immediate visualization in the form of charts and maps.

This webinar was first presented as a training session in the LODLAM Training Day at SemTech2014.


Portrait: Ethan Gruber

Ethan Gruber
Ethan Gruber is the Web and Database Developer for the American Numismatic Society (ANS). With almost ten years of experience in digital humanities and cultural heritage Web development projects, Ethan is responsible for developing a new public interface for the society's collections of objects and archives. He is the chief architect of Numishare, an open-source framework for delivering coin collections online and various ANS projects which implement this software: Online Coins of the Roman Empire and Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic.

Categories: SPARQL | Resource Description Framework (RDF) 
Webinar Type: Praxis

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DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar:

VocBench 2.0: A Web Application for Collaborative Development of Multilingual Thesauri

Webinar Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 10:00am-11:15am EST (UTC 15:00 - World Clock: http://bit.ly/DCMI-Webinar-Stellato)

Abstract: VocBench is a web-based platform for the collaborative maintenance of multilingual thesauri. VocBench is an open source project, developed in the context of a collaboration between the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Rome Tor Vergata. VocBench is currently used for the maintenance of AGROVOC, EUROVOC, GEMET, the thesaurus of the Italian Senate, the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus of Harvard University, as well as other thesauri.

VocBench has a strong focus on collaboration, supported by workflow management for content validation and publication. Dedicated user roles provide a clean separation of competencies, addressing different specificities ranging from management aspects to vertical competencies in content editing, such as conceptualization versus terminology editing. Extensive support for scheme management allows editors to fully exploit the possibilities of the SKOS model, as well as to fulfill its integrity constraints.

Since version 2, VocBench is open source software, open to a large community of users and institutions supporting its development with their feedback and ideas. During the webinar we will demonstrate the main features of VocBench from the point of view of users and system administrators, and explain in what way you may join the project.


Portrait: Caterina Caracciolo

Caterina Caracciolo
Caterina Caracciolo, PhD, has served as an Information Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since 2006. Currently, she is responsible for the AGROVOC Concept Scheme, and participates in the GACS Working Group and the Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group (RDA). Her main interest lay in the area of semantics for data integration and sharing, with a special focus on data specific to the domains of agriculture, biodiversity, natural science and environment in the broad sense. She regularly serves on program committees for international conferences and publishes in conference proceedings and journals in the area of semantic web and information sharing in agriculture and biodiversity. She has worked in various EC-funded projects and also served as Work Package leader in the NeOn and SemaGrow projects.

Portrait: Armando Stellato

Armando Stellato
Armando Stellato, PhD, is Researcher at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he carries on research and teaching in the fields of Knowledge Representation and Knowledge Based Systems. He is author of more than 70 publications on conferences and journals in the fields of Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing and related areas and has been member of the program committees of over 30 international scientific conferences and workshops. Currently his main interests cover Architecture Design for Knowledge Based Systems, Knowledge Acquisition and Onto-Linguistic interfaces, for which he participated to several EU funded projects, such as Crossmarc, Moses, Cuspis, Diligent, Neon, INSEARCH, SCIDIP-ES, AgInfra SemaGrow. Dr. Stellato is also consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as Semantic Architect, working on all aspects related to maintenance and publication of FAO RDF vocabularies such as AGROVOC, Biotech and Journal Authority Data and on the development of VocBench, an Application for Collaborative Management of RDF Vocabularies.


Categories: VocBench | value vocabularies | maintenance of multilingual thesauri |
            community-developed vocabularies | Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS)
Webinar Type: Praxis

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Stellato & Caracciolo webinar

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DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar:

The Libhub Initiative: Increasing the Web Visibility of Libraries

Webinar Date: Wednesday, 7 January, 2015, 10:00am-11:15am EST (UTC 15:00 - World Clock: http://bit.ly/DCMI-Webinar-Miller)

Abstract: As a founding sponsor, Zepheira's introduction of the Libhub Initiative creates an industry-wide focus on the collective visibility of libraries and their resources on the Web. Libraries and memory organizations have rich content and resources that the Web can not see or use. The Libhub Initiative aims to find common ground for libraries, providers, and partners to publish and use data with non-proprietary, web standards. Libraries can then communicate in a way Web applications understand and Web users can see through the use of enabling technology like Linked Data and shared vocabularies such as schema.org and BIBFRAME. The Libhub Initiative uniquely prioritizes the linking of these newly exposed library resources to each other and to other resources across the Web, a critical requirement of increased Web visibility.

In this webinar, Eric will talk about the transition libraries must make to achieve Web visibility, explain recent trends that support these efforts, and introduce the Libhub Initiative — an active exploration of what can happen when libraries begin to speak the language of the Web.


Portrait: Eric Miller

Eric Miller
Eric Miller is the President of Zepheira. Prior to founding Zepheira, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT where he led the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Eric is a frequent and sought after international speaker in areas of International Web standards, knowledge management, collaboration, development and deployment.

Categories: Libhub Initiative | schema.org | BIBFRAME | library Web visibility
Webinar Type: Overview & Praxis

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2014 Webinars

DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar:

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, describing learning resources with schema.org, and more?

Webinar Date: Wednesday, 19 November, 2014, 10:00am-11:15am EST (UTC 15:00 -- World Clock: http://bit.ly/1pKiCUj)

Abstract: The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) is a collaborative initiative that aims to make it easier for teachers and learners to find educational materials through major search engines and specialized resource discovery services. The approach taken by LRMI is to extend the schema.org ontology so that educationally significant characteristics and relationships can be expressed. In this webinar, Phil Barker and Lorna M. Campbell of Cetis will introduce schema.org and present the background to LRMI, its aims and objectives, and who is involved in achieving them. The webinar will outline the technical aspects of the LRMI specification, describe some example implementations and demonstrate how the discoverability of learning resources may be enhanced. Phil and Lorna will present the latest developments in LRMI implementation, drawing on an analysis of its use by a range of open educational resource repositories and aggregators, and will report on the potential of LRMI to enhance education search and discovery services. Whereas the development of LRMI has been inspired by schema.org, the webinar will also include discussion of whether LRMI has applications beyond those of schema.org.


Portrait: Lorna Campbell

Lorna Campbell
Lorna M Campbell has worked in the domain of open education technology and interoperability standards for over fifteen years and has contributed to the development of a number of learning resource metadata specifications. Phil and Lorna were commissioned by Creative Commons to manage the third phase of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative. LRMI is co-led by Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)—now the 501(c)(3) arm of the Association of American Publishers.

Portrait: Phil Barker

Phil Barker
Phil Barker is a research fellow at Heriot-Watt University who has worked supporting the use of learning technology in Higher Education for twenty years. For much of this time he has worked with Lorna M. Campbell as part of Cetis. His work focuses on supporting the discovery and selection of appropriate resources, and he has contributed to the development of a number of learning resource metadata specifications. He was on the technical working group of the learning resource metadata initiative and has since worked on the third phase of LRMI promoting its uptake and use.

Categories: Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) | schema.org | search engines | markup languages
Webinar Type: Praxis

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DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar:

How to pick the low hanging fruits of Linked Data

Webinar Date: Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 10:00am EDT (World Clock: 14:00 UTC http://bit.ly/1qLSeq1)

Abstract: The concept of Linked Data has gained momentum over the past few years, but the understanding and the application of its principles often remain problematic. This webinar offers a short critical introduction to Linked Data by positioning this approach within the global evolution of data modeling, allowing an understanding of the advantages but also of the limits of RDF. After this conceptual introduction, the fundamental importance of data quality in the context of Linked Data is underlined by applying data profiling techniques with the help of OpenRefine. Methods and tools for metadata reconciliation and enrichment, such as Named-Entity Recognition (NER), are illustrated with the help of the same software. This webinar will refer to case-studies with real-life data which can be re-used by participants to continue to explore OpenRefine at their own pace after the webinar. The case-studies have been developed in the context of the handbook "Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums", which will be published by Facet Publishing in June 2014.


Portrait: Seth van Hooland

Seth van Hooland
Seth van Hooland is an assistant professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where he leads the Master in Information Science. After a career in the private sector for a digitization company, he obtained his PhD in information science at ULB in 2009. He is currently teaching a special course on linked data at the Information School of the University of Washington. He is also active as a consultant for both public and private organizations.

Ruben Verborgh

Ruben Verborgh
Ruben Verborgh is a researcher in semantic hypermedia at Ghent University – iMinds, Belgium, where he obtained his PhD in computer science in 2014. He explores the connection between semantic web technologies and the web's architectural properties, with the ultimate goal of building more intelligent clients. Along the way, he has become fascinated by linked data, REST/hypermedia, web APIs and related technologies. He is the co-author of a book on OpenRefine and several publications on web-related topics in international journals.

Categories: Metadata Modeling | Transactions on Metadata | Resource Description Framework (RDF)


van Hooland and Verborgh webinar

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2011 Webinars

2010 Webinars

DCMI Regional Tutorials

2009 Tutorials

Dublin Core: building blocks for interoperability

These tutorials were sponsored by the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale and presented in Florence, Italy, 17 December 2009.

History, objectives and approaches of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Makx Dekkers

DCMI and the metadata landscape
Makx Dekkers

Basics of Dublin Core Metadata
Thomas Baker

Data Integration and Structured Search
Thomas Baker

The "metadata record" and DCMI Abstract Model
Thomas Baker

Web-enabled vocabularies
Thomas Baker

Linking legacy data
Thomas Baker

Outcomes of DC-2009
Makx Dekkers

DCMI International Conference Tutorials


The Hague, Netherlands, 21 September 2011.

An Introduction to Dublin Core (PDF, 304KB)
Stephanie Taylor

From Dublin Core to Linked Data (PDF, 2.9 MB)
Paul Hermans

SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System (PDF, 2.9 MB)
Antoine Isaac


Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 20 October 2010.

Basic Tutorials

Dublin Core: History, Key Concepts, and Evolving Context (part one) (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Jane Greenberg, Professor, Director of the SILS Metadata Research Center

Dublin Core: DCAM, Syntax, and Semantics (part two) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Jon Phipps, Lead Scientist Internet Strategies JES & Co.

Transitional Tutorials

Semantic Web & Linked Data (PDF, 16 MB)
Karen Coyle

Six Step SAFARI from the Dublin Core to the Semantic Web (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Ron Daniel, Jr., Elsevier Labs


Seoul, Korea, 12 October 2009.

Basics of Dublin Core Metadata
Thomas Baker

Metadata Standards outside of DCMI
Marcia Zeng

Metadata Interoperability
Marcia Zeng


Berlin, Germany, 22 September 2008.

Tutorial 1: Dublin Core History and Basics
Jane Greenberg

Tutorial 2: Dublin Core - Key Concepts
Pete Johnston

Tutorial 3: Dublin Core and other schemas
Mikael Nilsson

Tutorial 4: Dublin Core in Practice
Marcia Zeng


Singapore, 27 August 2007.

Tutorial 1: Basic Semantics
Stuart Sutton

Tutorial 2: DCMI Basic Syntaxes
Mikael Nilsson

Tutorial 3: Vocabularies
Alistair Miles

Tutorial 4: Application Profiles
Diane Hillmann


Manzanillo, Mexico, 3-6 October 2006.

Tutorial 1: Basic Semantics
Marty Kurth

Tutorial 2: Basic Syntax
Andy Powell

Tutorial 3: Vocabularies
Joe Tennis

Tutorial 4: Application Profiles
Diane Hillmann


Madrid, Spain, 12-15 September 2005.

Tutorial 1: Basic Syntax
Andy Powell

Tutorial 2: Basic Semantics
Diane I. Hillmann

Tutorial 3: Vocabularies
Ron Daniel

Tutorial 4: SKOS-Core
Alistair Miles

Tutorial 5: Metadata Application Profiles
English (Part I)
English (Part II)
Rachel Heery and Robina Clayphan


Shanghai, China, 11-14 October 2004. The Shanghai Library translated the tutorials into Chinese.

An Introduction to Dublin Core
English | Chinese
Diane I. Hillmann, National Science Digital Library

Encoding DC in (X)HTML, XML and RDF
English | Chinese
Andy Powell, UKOLN

Creating an Application Profile
English | Chinese
Thomas Baker, Fraunhofer Society
Robina Clayphan, British Library
Pete Johnston, UKOLN

DC-Library Application Profile
English | Chinese
Robina Clayphan, Co-ordinator of Bibliographic Standards, The British Library

The Dublin Core Collection Description Application Profile (DC CD AP)
English | Chinese
Pete Johnston, UKOLN

Creating and Managing Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Metadata
English | Chinese
Stuart A. Sutton & Joseph T. Tennis, Information School of the University of Washington, Seattle

DCMI Community-Submitted Tutorials

Please note that the listing of the resources in this section does not imply endorsement of any kind by DCMI. The responsibility for the content of these resources lies entirely with their authors.

Institutional Web Management Workshop 2002: The Pervasive Web
United Kingdom

Introducción a los metadatos: estándares y aplicación
Eva Méndez, University Carlos III of Madrid
José Senso, University of Granada

Materials for a Metadata Seminar (1998)
Brian Kelly and Andy Powell
United Kingdom

Metadata Implementation Guide for Web Resources
3rd edition - July 2004
Ad Hoc Committee of Federal Metadata Experts, Metadata Action Team, Council of Federal Libraries
Government of Canada

The Metadata Landscape: State of Minnesota Viewpoint.
Eileen Quam,
Minnesota Office of Technology,
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota, USA

Métadonnées: une initiation - Dublin Core, IPTC, EXIF, RDF, XMP, etc.
Patrick Peccatte
Soft Experience.com

Slides of metadata courses for government librarians in the UK
Maewyn Cumming
Senior Policy Advisor: Interoperability and Metadata
Office of the e-Envoy e-Government
United Kingdom

Why and How to use the Dublin Core Metadata for Health Resources on the Internet: an Introduction
8th European Conference of Medical and Health Libraries - Cologne, Germany
September 16-21, 2002
I. Robu and B. Thirion

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