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DCMI Usage Board - Mission, Principles and Process

Title: DCMI Usage Board Mission and Principles
Creator: DCMI Usage Board
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Date modified: 2003-06-11

  1. Mission of the DCMI Usage Board

The mission of the Usage Board is to ensure an orderly evolution of the metadata terms maintained by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The Usage Board evaluates proposals for new terms (or changes to existing terms) in light of grammatical principle, semantic clarity, usefulness, and overlap with existing terms. To proposals that are accepted it assigns a specific status. The Usage Board also evaluates constructs that use DCMI terms, such as Application Profiles. The Usage Committee strives for consensus, justifying its decisions and interpretations in terms both of principle and of empirical practice.

  1. Publication policy

The Usage Board makes available its proceedings and decisions in a publicly available space on the DCMI Web site.

  1. Process

Usage Board process is described in a separate document, "Dublin Core Usage Board Administrative Processes" [1].

  1. Scope

The Usage Board maintains the terms defined within DCMI namespaces, as described in the document "Namespace Policy for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative" [2], and reviews constructs that use these terms, such as Application Profiles [3].

  1. DCMI metadata grammar

The principles by which the Usage Board evaluates DCMI metadata terms are described in a separate document, "DCMI Grammatical Principles" [4].


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