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News from 2017

I am delighted to report that the Corporación Ecuatoriana para el Desarrollo de Investigación y la Academia (CEDIA) has agreed to join DCMI as a regional member. CEDIA is a national membership organisation which represents higher-education and research institutions in Ecuador. The organisations has a keen interest in metadata standardisation - especially in the domain of data repositories, and has been active in this area since 2009. CEDIA is a strong proponent of Open Access, and encourages and supports the adoption of interoperable metadata and specialised metadata vocabularies among its member organisations.

update: Branka Kosovac will join Joseph Busch in presenting this webinar

DCMI is pleased to announce a new webinar: Save the Children Resource Libraries: Aligning Internal Technical Resource Libraries with a Public Distribution Website.


2017 has been a year of transition, with Stuart Sutton stepping down after six years at the helm of DCMI as its Managing Director. He has been succeeded by Paul Walk.

DCMI would like to extend its gratitude to Stuart for his tremendous service, during a challenging period. Stuart is known for his warmth and generosity, which combined have made so many people feel welcomed into the DCMI community.


In 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries declared that their Word Of The Year was to be "post-truth", which they defined as: "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief" This decision reflects the way in which the concept of post-truth has quickly become a widely-acknowledged phenomenon and a mainstream concern. It should be of particular concern to those, such as librarians, with a professional interest in the provision of access to accurate information.

Save now! Registration fees for DC-2017 go up on 16 September. You don’t want to miss out on the savings with early registration. The program schedule for the three full days of the conference in Washington, DC are filled with sessions that you will not want to miss. Check out the schedule at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/schedule17 where links from titles will take you to descriptions of events and the abstracts of Papers, Project Reports, Presentations, Posters, Workshops and Tutorials.

The DCMI website (this website) has been migrated to a new platform, as the first stage of a comprehensive overhaul. DCMI's Infrastructure Advisory Committee is overseeing a project to modernise the site and to improve the management of a significant amount of content, some of which goes back to 1995! We are taking advantage of two technologies in particular - Github, and Hugo - a static-site-generator. The migration of content to use these new technologies has involved the transformation of content from HTML to a combination of Markdown and YAML - the formats used by Hugo.

DCMI is pleased to announce the publication of the Preliminary Program for DC-2017 at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/schedule17. The program includes an array of Papers, Project Reports, Presentations and Posters. Special Sessions on significant metadata topics as well as half- and full-day Workshops round out the program. The keynote will be delivered by G. Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.

Registration for DC-2017 is now open at http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/reg17. The International Conference takes place on Thursday through Saturday, 26-28 October and the DCMI Annual Meeting occurs on Sunday, 29 October. The full conference rate includes two days of presentations, papers, project reports, posters and special sessions and the third day of workshops. A day rate is available for all three conference days. DC-2017 in Washington DC is collocated in the same venue with the ASIST Annual Meeting that takes place from 27 October through 1 November.

This webinar, presented by Dave Clarke, co-founder and CEO of the Synaptica® group of companies, will demonstrate how to design and build rich end-user search and discovery applications using Linked Data. The Linked Open Data cloud is a rapidly growing collection of publicly accessible resources, which can be adopted and reused to enrich both internal enterprise projects and public-facing information systems. The webinar will use the Linked Canvas application as its primary use-case.

A metadata application profile (MAP) is a construct that provides a semantic model for enhancing interoperability when publishing data to the Web of Data. When a community of practice agrees to follow a MAP's set of rules for publishing data as Linked Open Data, it makes it possible for such data to be processed automatically by software agents. Therefore, the existence of a method for MAP development is essential to providing developers with a common ground on which to work.