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News from 2020

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th, 2020, 16:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. The W3C Data Catalogue ontology (DCAT) is a recommendation for how to publish data catalogues on the web. It can be used by itself, of form the basis of a richer application profile. Although originally focusing on open government data, the ontology and application profiles are now seeing use in a wider set of uses.

The DCMI Virtual 2020 conference will feature a tutorial presentation, "Introduction to Annif and automated subject indexing", on September 21st. For practitioners that would like to learn how to use the Annif tool on their own, there will also be a follow-up hands-on tutorial organized by the National Library of Finland together with the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ZBW. The hands-on tutorial will consist of short pre-recorded video presentations, written instructions and practical exercises that explain and introduce various aspects of Annif and its use.

Registration for DCMI Virtual 2020 is now open! DCMI Virtual will be a programme of virtual, invited and moderated sessions including keynotes, expert panel discussions, tutorials and presentations. We will make these as interactive as possible, with moderated question and answer sessions. DCMI Virtual will run from Monday September 14th 2020 to Friday 25th September 2020. The full programme is available here Because of the global nature of the DCMI community, we will run each session in one of two different timeslots, designed to allow as wide an audience as possible to participate in the overall event.

A Chinese-language webinar on "Metadata development in China", co-organized by Wuhan University, the DCMI Education Committee, and the Library Society of China, will be held on August 29, 9:00-11:00 Beijing time. The webinar, hosted by the School of Information Management at Wuhan University, will feature presentations by Lei Sa (National Library of China), Cuijuan Xia (Shanghai Library), Zhiqiang Wang (China National Institute of Standardization), Ruhua Huang (Library Society of China and Wuhan University, and Lu An (Wuhan University).

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, 20 August, 2020, 15:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. This webinar will be a tutorial on the Getty Vocabulary Program’s new OpenRefine reconciliation service for aligning data records to ULAN, AAT, and TGN, including matching terms, cleaning data, and grabbing URIs from the Vocabularies’ Linked Open Data. The first half of the presentation will be a general overview of how the service works and its benefits, and the second will focus on advanced techniques.

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020, 15:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. The Wikiproject COVID-19 is working to curate and organization information about COVID-19 on Wikidata and Wikipedia. The scale and pace of a global pandemic have highlighted issues around the consistent structuring of information, such as the scope of geographically-bound statements and the time period of outbreaks, along with challenges for quickly updating information on pages across multiple languages.

This is an important announcement regarding the DCMI 2020 International Conference on Metadata, Ottawa.

Following on from the success of DCMI 2019 in Seoul (see Proceedings), we are pleased to announce the call for proposals in the DCMI 2020 International Conference on Metadata, Ottawa, Canada, 14-17 September 2020. We are grateful to Carleton University for offering to host us this year. This year's conference will mark the 25th anniversary of the original Dublin Core™ workshop. We will both reflect on two and a half decades of innovations while looking ahead to future developments.

DCMI is pleased to announce the publication by ISO of a new international standard, ISO 15836 Part 2: "DCMI Properties and classes" (ISO 15836-2:2019). In parallel, a revised specification for DCMI Metadata Terms has been published on the DCMI website. The original "Dublin Core Metadata Element Set" of fifteen elements, originally designed in the late 1990s to support the generic interoperability of resource descriptions across languages and disciplines, was first published as an ISO standard in 2003 and remains available today in a recently updated version as ISO 15836 Part 1 (ISO 15836-1:2017).