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DCMI Usage Board - Process

Title:

Dublin Core Usage Board Administrative Processes

Creator:
Diane I. Hillmann, dih1@cornell.edu
Date Issued:
2001-11-30
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Description of document:

This document describes the rules and regulations of the DCMI Usage Board.


## DRAFT--Dublin Core Usage Board Process Changes made during DC UB meeting in Dublin, OH, May 21-22, 2001 Changes (and fixes to errors) from WORD draft circulated 5/29 noted in green. Changes after DC-UB meetings in Tokyo in purple. Reorganized per comments, 11/30/01. Changes in wording resulting from those changes reflected in blue. ### USAGE BOARD: OVERVIEW, MEETINGS, DOCUMENTATION 1. Usage Board Membership - 1.1. The UB will consist of at least seven and no more than eleven people (nine is ideal) appointed by the DCMI Directorate - 1.2. Usage Board member terms shall be for two years, renewable once. Initial appointments will be made so as to stagger terms - 1.3. Members should be selected based on the following criteria: - - 1.3.1. Knowledgeable concerning the development history and purpose of the DC element set and its relationship to the metadata world at large - 1.3.2. Related to a metadata community relevant to DCMI - 1.3.3. Willing and able to commit time and energy to the functions of the UB - 1.3.4. Able to communicate verbally and in writing in English well enough to prepare documents and discuss complex issues in a group setting - 1.3.5. Geographic and domain distribution of members is relevant but will not override other criteria - 1.4. The UB Chair will be appointed from one of the membership by the DCMI Directorate. The term of the chair shall be for two years, renewable once. - 1.5. For internal communication the UB uses the closed mailing list dc-usage@jiscmail.ac.uk. The messages are archived and publicly available at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/dc-usage.html 2. Meetings - 2.1. Scheduling - - 2.1.1. Meetings should be at least twice a year - - 2.1.1.1. One meeting should be scheduled during the annual DC general workshop/conference - 2.1.1.2. The second should be scheduled at a different time of the year, preferably close to other conferences, so as to make attendance convenient for as many members as possible - 2.1.1.3. Scheduling should be done far enough in advance so that as many members as possible may be present - 2.2. Funding for meetings - - 2.2.1. Funding for meetings should be supported as much as possible by DCMI - 2.2.2. [Removed at Tom's suggestion] - 2.3. Attendance by members - - 2.3.1. Members must attend at least one meeting in a given year to maintain membership in good standing - 2.3.2. Members who miss two meetings in succession may be replaced by the DC Directorate - 2.4. Attendance by others - - 2.4.1. Attendance at UB meetings by other than the UB is by invitation - - 2.4.1.1. Interested attendees should request an invitation via the UB Chair or the Managing Director - 2.4.2. Participation in discussion of proposals by any interested parties is encouraged - 2.5. Agenda preparation and distribution - - 2.5.1. The UB chair is responsible for preparing the meeting agendas and assigning shepherds to proposals - 2.5.2. Agenda items shall include the name and email address of the UB member responsible for shepherding the proposal through the UB process - 2.5.3. Agendas shall be available on the UB page of the DCMI website - 2.6. Minutes - - 2.6.1. Minutes of discussion points and decisions shall be drafted based on notes taken by relevant shepherds and the chair - 2.6.2. Minutes shall be available on the DC UB website 3. Categories of Usage Board Decisions - 3.1. Recommended - 3.1.1. CROSS-DOMAIN. Terms of general use and broad interest across domains. - 3.1.2. DOMAIN-SPECIFIC. Terms of interest to a limited domain or set of domains. - 3.1.3. OBSOLETE. For terms that have been superseded, deprecated, or rendered obsolete. Such terms will remain in the registry for use in interpreting legacy metadata. - 3.2. REGISTERED. Used for schemes, application profiles, and translations for which the DCMI provides information but not necessarily specific recommendation. 4. Communication and Documentation - 4.1. Communication Responsibility Table
What Where Who Comment
Proposal draft posted WG list, DC-General WG Chair
Proposal added to DC-UB agenda DC-UB Website, DC-UB list DC-UB Chair Should this also be announced to WG?
Proposal announced for public comment DC-General DCMI Managing Director
Usage Board Outcome DC-General DCMI Managing Director
Scheme submission DC-UB List [Web Team Submission Tool]
Scheme registration DC-UB List [Web Team Submission Tool] Shepherd may announce to WG list
Digest of scheme registrations DC-General DC-UB chair Possibly instead by Makx?

PROPOSALS TO USAGE BOARD: FORM AND PROCESS

  1. Proposals for recommendations

Proposal Requirements Tables

New DCMI Namespace

        Element</font>
Element Namespace Designation of the DCMI namespace for the proposed element
Element Name The unique token assigned to the proposed element
Element Label The human-readable label assigned to the proposed element
Element Status Designation of whether the status of the proposed element is Domain-Specific or Cross-Domain
Element Definition The definition of the element
Element Comment A remark concerning the application of the proposed element
Element Encoding Scheme(s)* Value qualifiers that aid in the interpretation of the proposed element values (formats) or that control the range of legitimate element values (controlled vocabularies)
Element Examples Example "use statements" with assigned literals


### New DCMI Namespace Element Qualifier
Qualified Element Namespace Designation of the DCMI namespace for the element being qualified
Qualified Element Name The unique token assigned to the element being qualified
Element Qualifier Namespace Designation of the DCMI namespace for the proposed element qualifier
Element Qualifier Name The unique token assigned to the element qualifier
Element Qualifier Label The human-readable label assigned to the element qualifier
Element Qualifier Status Designation of whether the status of the proposed element qualifier is Domain-Specific or Cross-Domain
Element Qualifier Definition The definition of the element qualifier
Element Qualifier Comment A remark concerning the application of the element qualifier
Element Qualifier Encoding Scheme(s)* Value qualifiers that aid in the interpretation of the proposed element qualifier values (formats) or that control the range of legitimate element qualifier values (controlled vocabularies)
Element Qualifier Examples Example "use statements" with accompanying literals


- 5.3. Supporting Materials and Processes for New Element and Element Qualifier Proposals: - 5.3.1. For each proposed element and element qualifier, include supporting information required under Part 3.2 of the Usage Board Administrative Processes. Clearly label the discussion of each Sub-Part. - 5.3.2. Review Part 5.4. "Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals" of the Usage Board Administrative Processes and provide additional supporting materials where appropriate (e.g., if there are "alternative ways of implementing the term" 3.3.3.3), include information regarding the alternatives). - 5.3.3. Encoding schemes should be registered with DCMI through its online registration system. - 5.4. Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals - 5.4.1. Clarity - 5.4.1.1. Can the term be clearly defined? - 5.4.1.2. Can the semantics of the proposed element or element qualifier be expressed precisely, unambiguously, and briefly? - 5.4.2. Practicality - 5.4.2.1. Is the term practical? - 5.4.2.2. How difficult would it be for people creating metadata to comprehend the semantics of the proposed element or element qualifier and to apply it reasonably in the description of resources? - 5.4.3. Placement - 5.4.3.1. Does the term refine an existing element? - 5.4.3.2. If the proposed term is an element, can it reasonably be handled as effectively as an element or value qualifier for an existing element? - 5.4.3.3. Are there alternative ways of implementing the term? Within the conceptual framework of the Dublin Core Element Set (i.e., element/element qualifiers and value/value qualifiers), are there alternative ways to achieve the ends sought? - 5.4.4. Needs - 5.4.4.1. Is there a clear requirement in existing implementations for the term in support of resource discovery? - 5.4.4.2. Is there a demonstrated need for the proposed element, element qualifier, or value qualifier? - 5.4.4.3. Are there existing implementations or controlled vocabularies, etc., supporting the term? - 5.4.5. Fit with other elements/qualifiers - 5.4.5.1. Follows existing principles of qualification - 5.4.5.2. Is well-formed - 5.4.5.3. Does not conflict with or create ambiguity with regard to existing elements, or qualifiers - 5.4.5.4. Does not create problems for existing legacy implementations if those implementations have followed recommended practice - 5.5. Action Chart
Condition 1: Can the community of practice's need be solved with a value qualifier (i.e., through a domain-specific vocabulary) for an existing DCMI element or element qualifier? If so, do that; else …
Condition 2: Can the community of practice's need be solved through an application profile that references an element or element qualifier from an existing and recognized non-DCMI namespace? If so, do that; else …
Condition 3: Can the community of practice's need be solved with a new domain-specific qualifier for an existing DCMI element? If so, do that; else …
Condition 4: Create a new domain-specific DCMI element (and, if necessary, element and value qualifiers) to meet community of practice's need.
    1. Process for moving proposals
  • 6.1. Pre-announcement process

    • 6.1.1. Proposal is received by DCMI Managing Director or UB Chair
    • 6.1.2. Proposal is given preliminary review for completeness by DCMI Managing Director and UB Chair
    • 6.1.3. If complete and no revisions needed, proposal is circulated to UB members and announced for public comment by the Managing Director
    • 6.1.4. If incomplete or revisions needed, proposal is returned to originator, with request for revision or additional information
  • 6.2. Announcements

    • 6.2.1. Announcements of comment period for proposals to be discussed by the UB shall be made on the DC-general list and other relevant lists
    • 6.2.2. Announcements of proposals shall be made by the DCMI Managing Director
    • 6.2.3. Announcements will include:
    • 6.2.3.1. Links to relevant information to be considered with the proposal
    • 6.2.3.2. Relevant deadlines for comments
    • 6.2.3.3. Addresses for comment submission
    • 6.2.3.4. Information about UB meeting at which the proposal will be discussed, including how to request an invitation to participate
    • 6.2.3.5. Name and contact information for the assigned shepherd
  • 6.3. Shepherds

    • 6.3.1. Each proposal shall be assigned a shepherd by the UB chair from among the UB membership
    • 6.3.2. Shepherds should have knowledge of the proposal issues or be connected to the WG originating the proposal
    • 6.3.3. Responsibilities
    • 6.3.3.1. Monitor discussion on relevant lists (shepherds should be members of the relevant DC WG list during the time of consideration of a proposal)
    • 6.3.3.2. Summarize the comment period discussion and points of contention of the proposal for the UB, either verbally at the meeting or in writing prior to the meeting (preferred)
    • 6.3.3.3. Serve as liaison to the relevant WG or community during the time the proposal is under discussion and after a decision has been made
    • 6.3.3.4. Recommend to the UB any further action after a decision has been made on the proposal
    • 4.3.3.5. Prepare registration information for the DCMI Web Team.
  • 6.4. Comment period

    • 6.4.1. Comment period on proposals should be managed on the DC-General list
    • 6.4.2. Comment periods should be at least one month
    • 4.4.3. Public discussions of UB related issues during public comment periods should take place on DC-GENERAL or other working group mailing lists as specified in the announcement
  • 6.5. Voting

    • 6.5.1. Voting shall be limited to scheduled meetings and conference calls
    • 46.5.2. Voting shall be limited to UB members present at the meeting or conference call and able to participate in the discussion
    • 6.5.3. UB members who cannot be present may present their arguments for or against a proposal in writing prior to a meeting (this shall not constitute a vote)
    • 6.5.4. UB members who cannot be present may explore other options with the chair, if they cannot be present for an important vote. In all cases, a vote may not be cast by a member who is not present, either actually or virtually, for the relevant discussion
    • 6.5.5. Consensus is achieved if fewer than two UB members object to a proposal

rev. dih 11/30/01