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News from 2006

The public comment period on revisions to the legacy DCSV specifications has resulted in suggestions for minor editorial revisions. When finalized, these documents will replace the older legacy specifications as DCMI Recommendations.

Public comment was held from 8 December 2005 to 31 January 2006 on a set of proposed editorial changes to terms in the DCMI Type Vocabulary. The comments received during this period are reported in a tabular summary and will be discussed at a meeting of the DCMI Usage Board on 29-30 April 2006.

In order to improve the availability of basic user documentation, the DCMI Directorate has awarded contracts to Andy Powell (Eduserv Foundation, UK) and Pete Johnston (UKOLN, University of Bath, UK) for a revision of the existing guidelines for implementing Dublin Core in XML; to Mikael Nilsson (Knowmania HB, Sweden) for a revision of the guidelines for expressing Dublin Core in RDF; and to the information consultant Barbara Gorson for a packet of basic introductory materials on Dublin Core.

Makx Dekkers, DCMI Managing Director, has published a new status report of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, covering the period September 2005 to March 2006. Read the report...

An agreement was signed in March 2006 concerning the hosting of the DCMI Conference Paper Repository. The repository is managed by Joe Tennis of the University of British Columbia, Canada, and hosted at Simon Fraser University Library in Canada. The collection includes all papers and posters of the DCMI conferences in Florence (2002), Seattle (2003), Shanghai (2004) and Madrid (2005). The Repository is built on open source software (Linux and Apache Tomcat) and displayed through Siderean Software's Seamark faceted navigation.

The DCMI Directorate has appointed Dr. Joseph Tennis, Assistant Professor at The University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, to the DCMI Usage Board.

The Usage Board has updated the specifications for DCMI DCSV, DCMI Period, DCMI Point, and DCMI Box to bring their language in line with the DCMI Abstract Model. These changes have been posted for a 30-day comment period, after which they will replace the legacy DCMI Recommendations. More information...

Both the DCMI Board of Trustees and the DCMI Usage Board will meet in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Usage Board meeting is planned for 29 and 30 April 2006, while the Board of Trustees will meet on the first of May, 2006.

The XML schemas published on the XML Schemas page have been updated to include support for new terms recently approved by the Usage Board.

The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce the publication of the new Mission Statement and revised by-laws for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Read more...