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The Dublin Core Workshop Series has gathered experts from the library world, the networking and digital library research communities, and a variety of content specialties in a series of focussed, invitational workshops. The building of an interdisciplinary, international consensus around a core element set is the central feature of the three-year evolution of The Dublin Core. The progress represents the emergent wisdom and collective experience of many stakeholders in the resource description arena.
DC-5: The 5th Dublin Core Metadata Workshop
The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a specification currently under development within the W3C Metadata activity. RDF is designed to provide an infrastructure to support metadata across many web-based activities. RDF is the result of a number of metadata communities bringing together their needs to provide a robust and flexible architecture for supporting metadata on the Internet and WWW. Example applications include sitemaps, content ratings, stream channel definitions, search engine data collection (web crawling), digital library collections, and distributed authoring.
RDF will allow different application communities to define the metadata property set that best serves the needs of each community. RDF will provide a uniform and interoperable means to exchange the metadata between programs and across the Web. Furthermore, RDF will provide a means for publishing both a human-readable and a machine-understandable definition of the property set itself.
RDF will use XML as the transfer syntax in order to leverage other tools and code bases being built around XML.
The following documents have been released for public comment:
A last call draft of the RDF Model and Syntax Specification is currently being drafted. It should be released in early September 1998.
A new draft of the RDF Schema Specification is expected shortly after the Model and Syntax Specification last call draft is released.
More information on RDF including software, projects, papers, etc. can be found on the W3C RDF Home Page.
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