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Initial contacts were made with a number of corporations, and as feedback was received, the concept began to take shape. Two circles were initially proposed for an October 2002 meeting, one focused on companies using Dublin Core for their intranets and extranets (the Global Corporate Circle), the other focused on information providers (publishers and aggregators) who might find their customers asking for Dublin Core compliant metadata with their offerings (the Information Providers Circle). During the meetings of these groups, it became clear that there was a strong interest within the Global Corporate Circle of continuing the conversation on an ongoing basis. The Information Provider Circle, on the other hand, was extremely interested in hearing what the consumers of their content had to say, but not very keen on continuing a discussion among themselves.
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