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News from 2011

The Dublin Core™ Metadata Initiative's Alignment Task Group held its first teleconference on 12 December to discuss a proposed mapping of DCMI metadata terms to terms in the vocabulary. The teleconference report is available and highlights different potential uses for published mappings: as a social signal that different standards can work together, as a source of documentation for people who work with data, as a source of patterns for search-engine engineers, and as input into the further development of vocabularies and related applications.

DC-2012 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia will be part of the collocated activities of Knowledge Technology Week 2012. DC-2012 delegates will be able to engage with the delegates of the Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (PRICAI) and the International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA-2012) and enjoy the opportunity to participate in sessions and social events across the range of collocated activities.

At the Dublin Core™ Metadata Initiative's 20 September 2011 meeting at The Hague, Winston Ong and Ulla Ik√§heimo joined the Oversight Committee representing the National Library Board Singapore and the National Library of Finland.

The Call for Papers for DC-2012 in Malaysia, to be hosted by MIMOS Berhad in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 3-7 September 2012, has been published. The call solicits submissions for Full Papers, Project Reports, Posters, Special Sessions and DCMI Community Workshop Sessions. Deadline for submissions is 23 March 2012.

The W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group has published its final report at, examining how Semantic Web standards and Linked Data principles can be used to make the information assets of libraries more widely visible and re-usable on the Web. The report is supplemented by descriptions of use cases and by an inventory of datasets, value vocabularies, and metadata element sets currently available as Linked Data.

The DCMI Architecture Forum has formed the DCMI Alignment Task Group to define and publish mappings (alignments) between vocabularies and DCMI Metadata Terms. The Task Group is open to participation by any interested member of the public. A Task Group wiki has been set up at Discussion in the Task Group will take place on the dc-architecture mailing list at

A NISO/DCMI Webinar, will be held online at 13:00 Eastern Time on 16 November 2011. Diane Hillmann will provide an up-to-the-minute update on the development of an element vocabulary, application profile, and value vocabularies based on the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard. Registration closes on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 Eastern Time.

DC-2012 has been scheduled to take place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 3-7 September 2012 as part of Knowledge Technology Week. It will be collocated with the Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems as well as with a number of other symposia and workshops.

DC-2011 at The Hague set a new attendance record for the DCMI International Conference series with delegates from 36 countries representing every continent but Antarctica. Surely there are metadata needs in Antarctica--next year delegates from Delphia and Semei when we meet for DC-2012 in Malaysia!

In the build-up to DC-2011, opening 21 September 2011 at The Hague, the National Library of the Netherlands has published interviews with keynote speaker Emmanuella Berms, out-going DCMI CEO Makx Dekkers, new CEO Stuart Sutton and a joint interview with DCMI Chief Information Officer (Communications, Research and Development) Tom Baker and Diane Hillmann, DCMI Vocabulary Maintenance Officer. The interviews discuss personal motivations for the interviewees' engagement with DCMI, DCMI goals going forward and reasons for attending DC-2011.