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News from 2003

The next Usage Board meeting will be held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on 16-17 May 2003. Interested members of the Dublin Core community should contact the Usage Board chair, Tom Baker for further information.

DCMI and the National Library of Finland are pleased to announce that Finland has become DCMI's first National Affiliate. The DCMI Affiliate program is intended to provide a stronger link between local communities of practice and the Initiative. Affiliates will help promote the adoption of Dublin Core specifications, and provide a training and consulting foundation to help promulgate adoption of DC specifications. They will also maintain translations of base DCMI standards and documentation as appropriate for the locale.

Two DC-2003 pre-conference workshops will be offered on Sunday, 28 September 2003: Metadata Search sponsored by the DCMI Corporate Circle. This all day workshop will focus on internal or site search technology, as opposed to external, Internet or web search technology (although some technology is applicable to both internal and external search applications). There will be presentations by experts, implementation case studies from our community, demonstrations by search technology vendors, and lots of time for Q&A with our experts, practitioners, vendors, and among ourselves.

The Contributed Papers deadline for DC-2003 has been extended from May 3, 2003 to May 17, 2003. For more information, see the DC-2003 Web site Call for Papers.

Makx Dekkers and Stuart Weibel have published the latest in the series of State of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative reports in the April issue of DLib Magazine, the online journal for digital library applications. This article highlights DC 2003, held last fall in Florence as well as other progress in the past year. Readers may access this article at: http://dlib.org/dlib/april03/weibel/04weibel.html

The DCMI Directorate is pleased to report that the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set standard has been approved. The final text of the ISO 15836 standard and the balloting report, including the response to comments, on the SC4 document log on the ISO TC46/SC4 website: http://www.niso.org/international/SC4/sc4docs.html This approval is a welcome culmination of an incremental process to bring the Dublin Core metadata element set to a broad world-wide constituency. This process has involved CEN in Europe and NISO in the US.

Today, DCMI introduces a new Question and Answer service for the community: AskDCMI. This service is based on the virtual reference infrastructure developed by the Information Institute of Syracuse as part of the Virtual Reference Desk project. A number of experts from the Usage Board and the Advisory Board have agreed to be available to answer questions from the community. Selected questions and answers will be available in a searchable archive.

The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that the Guidelines for implementing Dublin Core in XML is now a DCMI Recommendation. This document considers both simple (unqualified) DC and qualified DC applications. At the same time, a new set of XML schemas is published. These support the encoding of Qualified Dublin Core metadata records, including the use of element refinements and encoding schemes, and follow the conventions described in Guidelines for expressing Dublin Core in XML.

The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce the Public Comment period for the document "Guidelines for implementing Dublin Core in XML". Public Comment is open until March 31, 2003. Comments should be sent to DC-General.

On 22-23 January 2003, a meeting in Washington DC, hosted by NIST, brought together a group of people working in DC-Accessibility and people active in INCITS V2, to discuss the development of an international roadmap of who is doing what work in the field of accessibility. See: http://www.dc-anz.org/access-roadmap/. Those interested are invited to contact the chair of the DC-Accessibility group, Liddy Nevile liddy.nevile@motile.net, to receive more information about how to participate in this work.