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Executive Update: March/April 2012

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Graphic for the DC-2012 International ConferenceJust four months until DC-2012 in Malaysia! In this month's Update, Stuart goes over the planning status of DCMI conferences, meetings and the NISO/DCMI webinars. Tom covers the work in the Architecture Forum on possible revisions to the DCMI Abstract Model (DCAM) and work on alignment of Schema.org vocabulary with DCMI Metadata Terms. Diane covers the outcomes of the DCMI-UK regional meeting in London on 26-27 April 2012.

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Stuart A. Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director

In this Update, I'm focusing my section primarily on meeting and webinar planning including the annual DCMI international conference, regional meetings and the NISO/DCMI webinar series. One of the major goals defined for 2012 was to widen the planning windows for the DCMI meetings and webinars. With our joint webinar series with NISO, we planned to widen the window as much as possible within the constraints of the NISO planning cycle. This means that we are already into planning the webinar series for 2013. With the annual conference, the goal was more ambitious—a three year cycle. This means that we need to arrive at DC-2012 in Kuching with venue and host commitments in place for DC-2013 and DC-2014.

  1. DCMI International Conference

    • DC-2012, Kuching, Malaysia

      Planning for DC-2012 in Malaysia is going well and on schedule. We are one week away from the close of the peer review process with notifications to authors by the end of May. A preliminary program will be in place by mid-June. To help defray conference costs, we continue to seek 'event' sponsors. The sponsorship program is designed to provide small organizations as well as large with categories of event sponsorship that are quite reasonable in light of the level of exposure. The Call for Sponsors is available on the conference website at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/sponsors-cfp-2012. Your assistance in identifying and contacting potential sponsors and pointing them to the Call for Sponsors page or putting them in touch with me will be greatly appreciated.

    • DC-2013, Lisbon, Portugal

      The venue for DC-2013 will be in Lisbon under the guidance of José Borbinha with the local host being IST—Instituto Superior Técnico (Engineering School of the Lisbon Technical University). Current plans are for DC-2013 to occur the week of 2-6 September 2013. The conference will be collocate with iPRES following the same general commingling meeting architecture as DC-2012 in Malaysia. Muriel Foulonneau, Knowledge Intensive Systems and Services of the Henri Tudor Research Centre has agreed to serve as Program Committee Chair. In addition to a co-Chair for Muriel, the remaining Conference Committee chairs for DC-2013 will be determined over the next several months.

    • DC-2014, [under discussion]

  2. DCMI-UK Regional Meeting: "5 Years On"

    While Diane covers the outcomes of the very successful "5 Years On" meeting in London on 26-27 April 2012, I want to focus your attention on where this meeting fits into DCMI's strategy and commitments. At both the Oversight Committee and Advisory Board meetings at DC-2011, a DCMI commitment to endorsement and support regional meetings was discussed. This meeting in the UK was the first regional meeting for which DCMI provided both its endorsement (along with DCMI Member JISC) as well as an array of key services such as: (a) the meeting website (see http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/BibData/fyo); (b) a commitment to the long-term accessibility of meeting assets through the DCMI Online Conference System; (c) registration services if needed; and (d) promotion of the regional meeting through DCMI website announcements, listserv and RSS feeds and social media outlets.

    To the extent its resources permit, DCMI will endorse and support regional meetings of substantial interest to the DCMI community; however, it will not plan regional meetings or contribute direct financial support. As a result, a responsible regional meeting host is required. As we move forward developing DCMI's capacity to support such meetings through endorsement and select services, we will be exploring the possibility of a modest contribution to DCMI for services rendered and for long-term maintenance and availability of meeting assets.

  3. NISO/DCMI Webinar Series—2013

    The Joint Webinar series with NISO began with one event in 2010, three in 2011, and four in 2012. For 2013, we are planning on a series of six webinars. On 9 February, I posted a message to the Advisory Board and Oversight Committee lists asking for suggestions regarding the NISO/DCMI 2013 webinar series. As I said in my list message, we are interested in names of both topics and possible presenters. We are committed to having the series determined and information ready for publication by mid-August 2012.

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Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer (Communications, Research and Development)

  1. Five-Year review of ANSI/NISO Z39.85-2007 ("Dublin Core Metadata Element Set")

    Since the Executive Update of 29 February, the DCMI Usage Board has voted in favor of a minor change to the usage comment for the Subject element. The change will be posted for a brief public comment period prior to being finalized by DCMI's Managing Director as a formal decision and submitted to NISO, which in turn will submit Z39.85 to its voting members, with this one revision, for reaffirmation as an ANSI/NISO standard.

  2. NISO/DCMI Webinars

    The NISO/DCMI webinar on 25 April by Dan Brickley, "Schema.org and Linked Data: Complementary Approaches to Publishing Data", discussed how the different technical approaches taken in the two initiatives reflect the priorities of different target audiences—commercial product descriptions in structured Web pages aimed at potential consumers, at one extreme, versus public-domain databases in science, cultural heritage, and government published for use in large-scale mash-ups—and described how solutions are emerging for the vast range of applications in-between. Next in the NISO/DCMI series will be a webinar with Jane Greenberg on 22 August about "Metadata for Managing Scientific Research Data" and a webinar on 24 October by Brian Sletten and Stephane Corlosquet on "Embedding Linked Data Invisibly into Web Pages: Strategies and Workflows for Publishing with RDFa".

  3. A new DCMI Abstract Model?

    Discussion in the DCMI Architecture Forum about a possible successor to the DCMI Abstract Model (DCAM), last published in 2007, has entered a new phase, the objective of which is to compare the descriptive requirements manifested in standardization efforts such as IFLA's International Standard Bibliographic Description Review Group with the expressivity supported by the foundational standards for Linked Data such as RDF. The DCAM of 2007—innovative at the time in its identification of descriptive constructs above the level of individual statements, such as Descriptions and Description Sets—falls short of offering a language capable of expressing the constraints required in resource description models such as ISBD. Given a need to express complex constraints in forms independent of specific implementation technologies, the question is whether this need is addressable by revising and expanding the existing DCAM or by formulating a new model along significantly different lines.

  4. Alignment of Schema.org vocabulary with DCMI Metadata Terms

    The Task Group of the DCMI Architecture Forum formed to determine and publish a set of mappings from DCMI Metadata Terms to terms equivalent or near-equivalent terms in the Schema.org vocabulary has been testing a work flow and publication method intended, in principle, to be extensible to any other vocabulary with overlap to DCMI Metadata Terms. While the number of proposed mappings is manageable, the task group recognizes that the work flow should in principle be scalable a process of continual and incremental revision, both as understandings of semantic relationships—and sometimes the meanings of terms themselves—evolve over time, and new candidate vocabularies for mappings are identified. The task group is currently experimenting with methods for publishing the mappings both human- and machine-readably, as Web pages with embedded RDFa markup, and for versioning those mappings using modern methods of distributed version control (Github). Yet to be resolved is the mechanism by which feedback from the general public can be collected—and issues arising can be addressed and resolved—in a structured way that does not overwhelm the traditional channel of mailing lists, while providing an audit trail for the process of decision-making.

Portrait: Diane Hillmann

Diane Hillmann, Vocabulary Maintenance Officer

DCMI-UK Regional Meeting: "5 Years On"
Website: http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/BibData/fyo

The last week in April, specifically April 26-27, represented a special milepost for DCMI: its first regional meeting in the UK, endorsed by JISC. For those two days, DCMI brought together bibliographic metadata and vocabulary experts to the British Library-St. Pancras, to discuss new directions for two DCMI groups, as well to contemplate the changes since the first 'London Meeting' five years ago that initiated the important collaboration between DCMI and the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA (see: http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/meeting.html). The DCMI-UK regional meeting was endorsed by DCMI Member JISC and DCMI.

The two groups meeting on Thursday, April 25 were the reconstituted Bibliographic Metadata Task Group (successor to the DCMI/RDA Task Group formed five years ago as an outcome of the first 'London Meeting') and the DCMI Vocabulary Management Community, formed after the special session on vocabularies prior to DC-2011 in The Hague. Many of the attendees participated in both meetings and the agendas were built to focus on issues of importance to each group, as determined by discussion on the group's mailing lists.

The Bibliographic Metadata Task Group agenda (http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/BMTG_meeting_26_Apr_2012) focused on Application Profiles (including issues around the DCAM revisions), as well as current alignment and mapping activities of the IFLA community and their evolving standards (ISBD and the FR Family), in conjunction with RDA, Dublin Core and MARC21. The group has been discussing how formal alignments can be built among these metadata standards, resulting in vastly improved harmonization and sharing of data.

The Vocabulary Management Community agenda (http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/Agenda_for_the_4/26/12_meeting#DCMI_Vocabulary_Management_Community.2C_first_meeting:_April_26.2C_2012) had its primary focus for the first half on vocabulary sustainability, and after break, the discussion shifted to multilingual vocabularies and their management issues. Both meetings were full to capacity at 36 participants.

Each group developed from the active discussion a short list of priorities for continuing work, which will be the basis for smaller task group activities in the coming months. Both meetings were live streamed and recorded (a first for DCMI), and many thanks go to Corey Harper, who brought, set up, and managed the stream and recording equipment and processes. The recordings will be made available from the DCMI website as soon as possible for viewing by those who could not be in attendance. An active twitter conversation went on around the issues being discussed in the rooms, using the hashtag #bibnext.

On Friday, after the working meetings, close to 60 people gathered for the Seminar: Five Years On (http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/BibData/fyo) also held in the British Library. The idea for the seminar stemmed from conversations at the DC-2011 conference dinner amongst five participants in the 2007 meeting present in The Hague. The group discussed with great enthusiasm the importance and impact of the actions taken in 2007, and, with the realization that the five year anniversary was coming up, two members of the group, Gordon Dunsire and Diane Hillmann, began planning a seminar to mark that anniversary. The opportunity to have working meetings of the two DCMI groups grew naturally from the initial planning decisions. The British Library, host of the earlier meeting, agreed to provide venue and assistance for these two days as well, and were unfailingly generous, responsive, and professional, earning our heartfelt gratitude.

Invitations to present at the seminar were sent to all the original participants, and 6 were able to attend: Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress), Robina Claphan (Europeana), Mikael Nilsson (Google), Thomas Baker (DCMI), Gordon Dunsire (IFLA Namespaces Technical Group and DCMI), and Diane Hillmann (Metadata Management Associates and DCMI). Other important constituencies whose current work was closely related to the DCMI/RDA work were also in attendance: Mirna Willer (IFLA ISBD Review Group), Pat Riva (IFLA FRBR Review Group), Alan Danskin and Ed Chamberlain (British Library), and Owen Stephens (JISC).

Several groups, including the IFLA FRBR Review Group, held business meetings around the DCMI events to take advantage of members from around the world assembling in London.

Slides and papers from the presenters at the Friday meeting are available on the DCMI Open Conference System at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/BibData/fyo/schedConf/presentations.

A reporter attending from Information Today Europe (Val Skelton), posted a brief report of the Seminar presentations here: http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Interoperable-and-open-bibliographic-data-82263.aspx.

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