The DCMI Libraries Working Group met on 15 October 2002 at DC2002. The group had the following agenda:
Rebecca introduced the revised DC-Lib application profile. Participants were anxious to use it and were mostly concerned about it becoming finalized. Of particular concern was how to provide for a stable application profile sooner rather than later given the decisions of the DCMI Usage Board that were still pending. It was suggested that the following changes be made in a revision of DC-Lib:
Rebecca updated the group on the proposal to make Creator a refinement of Contributor and to use the MARC relator terms as refinements for Contributor. Participants were concerned that the former means that Creator is rendered obsolete and how it will affect current implementations. Some expressed the need to make the distinction between primary contributions (Creator) and secondary contributions (Contributor). It was not clear what impact that change might have and how it will be documented. Some clarification is needed.
Participants were generally interested in making the entire relator term list available rather than a subset, as was discussed by the Usage Board. DC-Lib WG may be interested in making a formal proposal for "DCMI Agent Detail" as structured values for Contributor (and also Creator? this was not clear because of the ambiguity in the proposal to make creator a refinement of contributor).
Several participants described projects using DC-Lib application profile.
National Library of Australia/ScreenSound Australia. Warwick Cathro described this collaborative project involving the discovery of Australia music resources, including sheet music digitized by NLA and digitized sound recordings from the sound archive (see: http://www.musicaustralia.org). Metadata is harvested from the NLA catalog as well as in the MAVIS system used for the sound archive. DC-Lib is used as a starting point to bring together diverse metadata formats.
German virtual library. Heike Neuroth described this project to give access to online and print resources, dissertations, ejournals, etc. A metadata core set based on DC-Lib is used as a basis for individual application profiles. Each virtual library uses DC-Lib with additions and specialized elements. This facilitates cross browsing of collections. See: http://www.anglistikguide.de
The European Library (TEL). There was a separate session on TEL, a project that is developing a system for access to the major national and deposit collections (mainly digital, but not precluding paper) in European national libraries. The DC-Library application profile is used as a starting point for the metadata along with other elements needed.
There is a need to stabilize DC-Lib AP so that further experimentation may commence. There are already several projects as mentioned in the session that are already experimenting. One suggestion was to influence integrated library system vendors to add DC-Lib as an option in their systems. The working group will continue to monitor experiments using the application profile. There is also a need to monitor the qualify of Dublin Core implementations; the working group may want to play a role in this.
Chair, DCMI Libraries Working Group