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DC-2015 Professional Program Announced

DCMI and the DC-2015 host, UNESP, have published the abstracts for events in the Professional Program for the September conference in São Paulo, Brazil. The Professional Program includes full-day, hands-on workshops on developing application profiles, transforming legacy data to Linked Data, and development of SKOS vocabularies. In addition, there are an array of Special Topic session for professional development in key areas of metadata design and best practice. The abstracts for the events in the DC-2015 Professional Program can be found on the conference homepage at http://dcevents.

DCMI Webinar: 'Implementing Linked Data in Low-Resource Conditions'

Typical small and medium-size institutions have to deal with constrained resources, which often hamper the possibilities of making their data publicly available. Johannes Keizer and Caterina Caracciolo of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will provide an overview of bottlenecks that institutions typically face when entering the world of open and linked data, and will provide recommendations on how to proceed. They will discuss the use of standard and linked vocabularies to produce linked data, especially in the area of agriculture.

DC-2015 registration is now open

Online registration for DC-2015 is now open at The conference and DCMI Annual Meeting is scheduled for 1-4 September in São Paulo, Brazil. This year's theme is "Metadata and Ubiquitous Access to Culture, Science and Digital Humanities". The need for structured metadata to support ubiquitous access across the Web to the treasure troves of resources spanning cultures, in science, and in the digital humanities is now common knowledge among information systems designers and implementers.

Paul Walk Ana Alice Baptista named DC-2015 Keynote Speakers

The São Paulo State University (UNESP), host of DC-2015, is pleased to announce that Ana Alice Baptista, and Paul Walk will deliver keynote addresses at DC-2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. Ana Alice Baptista is a Professor in the Information Systems Department and a Researcher at the ALGORITMI Center, both at University of Minho, Portugal. Paul Walk is Head of Technology Strategy and Planning at EDINA, the Jisc centre for digital expertise and online service delivery at the University of Edinburgh.

Become a DC-2015 sponsor!

The São Paulo State University and the Conference Committee for DC-2015 in São Paulo, Brazil in September are pleased to offer sponsors the opportunity to present themselves directly to the conference participants and to a global audience beyond the conference venue. Information regarding the categories of sponsorship and how to become a DC-2015 Sponsor can be found at

DCMI Webinar: Digital Preservation Metadata and Improvements to PREMIS in Version 3.0

This webinar with Angela Dappert on 27 May gives a brief overview of why digital preservation metadata is needed, shows examples of digital preservation metadata, shows how PREMIS can be used to capture this metadata, and illustrates some of the changes that will be available in version 3.0. The PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata is the international standard for metadata to support the preservation of digital objects and ensure their long-term usability.

DCMI Webinar: From 0 to 60 on SPARQL queries in 50 minutes (Redux)

This webinar with Ethan Gruber on 13 May provides an introduction to SPARQL, a query language for RDF. Users will gain hands on experience crafting queries, starting simply, but evolving in complexity. These queries will focus on coinage data in the SPARQL endpoint hosted by numismatic concepts defined in a SKOS-based thesaurus and physical specimens from three major museum collections (American Numismatic Society, British Museum, and Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) linked to these concepts.

National Diet Library of Japan publishes translations of key DCMI specifications

DCMI is please to announce that the National Diet Library, the sole national library in Japan, has translated the DCMI Metadata Terms and the Singapore Framework for Dublin Core Application Profiles into Japanese. The links to the new Japanese translations, as well as others are available on the DCMI Documents Translation page at

DC-2015 submission deadline extended to 11 April 2015

The Program Committee for DC-2015, to be held 1-4 September 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil, has decided to extend the deadline for submission for both the Technical and Professional Programs to 11 April 2015. The extended call can be found at

DCMI Webinar: 'Approaches to Making Dynamic Data Citable: Recommendations of the RDA Working Group'

Being able to reliably and efficiently identify entire or subsets of data in large and dynamically growing or changing datasets constitutes a significant challenge for a range of research domains. In order to repeat an earlier study, to apply data from an earlier study to a new model, we need to be able to precisely identify the very subset of data used. While verbal descriptions of how the subset was created (e.