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News from 2002

A revised XML Schema for XML has been published, superseding the 2002-03-12 version. Both versions are now linked from

DCMI and the University of Washington Information School are pleased to announce the Dublin Core™ Metadata Initiative Annual Conference, to be held in Seattle, Washington, USA, September 29th through October 2nd, 2003. See [cached copy]. DC-2003 will build on previous conferences in Tokyo and Florence, offering a working group track, a tutorial track, and a conference track of refereed papers, panels, posters, and invited speakers. Watch the DC-General mailing list, the DC Home page, and the DC-2003 Web site for further details on the call for papers and participation.

Following discussions in the Corporate Track of the Florence conference, a mailing list has been established for people who have an interest in sharing and developing good practice in the adoption and deployment of Dublin Core™ to information services including traditional, web, and broadband publishing, as well as enterprise information applications including intranets, extranets, and Internet. An article by DCMI Board member Michael Crandall about the Corporate Circle initiative has been posted by the Montague Institute at http://www.

This report was prepared by Andrew Wilson, co-chair of DC-Government WG and John Roberts and surveys the current state of international and/or global work on the development of records management / recordkeeping metadata element sets. The purpose of this was to determine whether DCMI should work on developing its own set or become involved in international projects carrying out this work. The report makes a number of recommendations for DCMI involvement, including the establishment of an Interest Group.

The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that Mary Woodley has agreed to become the chair of the DCMI User Guide Working Group. Mary works at California State University in Northridge, California, USA and has several roles there: Metadata or Digital Librarian, Social Sciences Librarian and incoming head of Collection Development. She has been involved in the DCMI User Guide Working Group for a number of years. Diane Hillmann, the former chair, will continue to be involved in the work of the WG, and especially the upcoming revision of the User Guide.

Besides initiating processes for the review and approval of new Dublin Core™ elements and qualifiers, the Usage Board has revamped the way Dublin Core™ Metadata Initiative documents its work. The documents, accessible from, currently include: Up-to-the-minute listings of all current Elements, Element Refinements, Encoding Schemes, and DCMI Type Vocabulary terms [7,8]. These will supersede Web documents currently in use as authoritative sources of up-to-date information on DCMI metadata terms.

A small group has been working together to formulate a proposed XML schema for qualified Dublin Core™. This work builds on a number of efforts including the joint work by the OAI ( and DCMI that led to the release of an XML schema for unqualified Dublin Core™ at, and the metadata work within the Harmony Project ( The proposal is available at Comments on this proposal can be posted on the DC-Architecture list until 16 August 2002.

A new version of the "Guidelines for implementing Dublin Core™ in XML" document is available at: The principal change in this version is to Recommendation 7 in line with the conventions adopted in the proposed XML schemas for qualified DC: Comments on this proposal can be posted on the DC-Architecture list until 16 August 2002. [More information]

The DCMI Directorate is pleased to announce that DC-2002 will take place October 14-17 in Florence, Italy. As with DC 2001 in Tokyo, we are planning a three track meeting: A workshop track A tutorial track A conference track The conference site will be the Convitto della Calza, an ancient convent of the 14th century, once a hospital for pilgrims, recently and completely restored. It is located in the historical centre of Florence, very close to the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio, near the Porta Romana.

The DCMI 2002 Programme Committee invites papers in the following categories: E-Government Search engines and metadata Educational metadata: improving communication Knowledge management Use of DC metadata for commerce and intranets Semantic web: roles of standard cataloguing, indexing, metadata and ontologies Metadata interoperability: tools and protocols, and Cultural heritage metadata. Deadline for papers is 2002-06-15.