innovation in metadata design, implementation & best practice


This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018, 14:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members.

Successful data sharing requires that users of your data understand the data format, the data semantics, and the rules that govern your particular use of terms and values. Sharing often means the creation of “cross-walks” that transfer data from one schema to another using some or all of this information. However, cross-walks are time-consuming because the information that is provided is neither standardized nor machine-readable.

Update: The deadlines for submissions have been revised, so there is still time to submit! New dates: July 01, 2018 – Submissions deadline (submissions by email to [email protected]) July 08, 2018 – Notifications of acceptance September, 10, 2018 – JTDC 2018 workshop session In addition to the main DCMI conference (co-located with TPDL) in Porto in September, DCMI is also collaborating with TPDL to host JTDC 2018, described as a "Doctoral Consortium".

This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 14:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members.

Every structured exchange requires consensus about the structure. The Shape Expressions (ShEx) language captures these structures in an intuitive and powerful syntax. From metadata description (e.g. DDI) to data description (e.g. FHIR), ShEx provides a powerful schema language to develop, test and deploy shared models for RDF data. This tutorial will explore the utility and expressivity of ShEx.Presented with side-by-side examples of schema and data, the audience will see how to use ShEx to solve every-day problems. The presentation will use multiple implementations of ShEx in order to leave the participants with enough familiarity to get started using ShEx on their own.

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2018, 14:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members.

Linked Data is recognized as one of the underpinnings for open data, open science, and data-driven research and learning in the Semantic Web era. Questions still exist, however, about what should be expected as Linked Data related knowledge, skills, and learning outcomes, and where to find relevant learning materials. This webinar will introduce a competency framework that defines the knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice in the area of Linked Data, developed by the Linked Data for Professional Educators (LD4PE) project and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The deadline for the call for papers for the DCMI Conference, 2018, has been extended to 7th May 2018. This year's conference should be an exciting one. As well as the usual mixture of theoretical research and practical development, we will be co-located with the TPDL 2018 conference in the beautiful location of Porto, Portugal. Delegates will have access to both conference programmes with a single registration! Full details, including instructions on how to submit proposals, deadlines etc.

DCMI is pleased to announce that the three keynote speakers for this year's conference (colocated with TPDL2018) will be Natalia Manola, Herbert Van de Sompel and Medha Devare. All three are leading figures in their areas, and together will undoubtedly provide a variety of engaging and, in some cases, challenging viewpoints!

Natalia Manola

Herbert Van de Sompel

Medha Devare

DCMI and its LRMI Task Group are pleased to announce the publication of a set of controlled vocabularies (enumerations) for use with existing learning resource properties. The properties have been described using the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and serialized in Turtle. These vocabulary additions can be found on the LRMI website at Alignment Type for use with Educational Audience Role for use with Educational Use for use with schema.

The Call for Papers for the DCMI Conference, 2018, has been issued! Full details, including instructions on how to submit proposals, deadlines etc. can be found on the DCMI Conference Submission website. More general information about the conference, venue, location etc. can be found on the DCMI website.

We are pleased to announce that DCMI's annual international conference, DC-2018, will be hosted by the University of Porto in Portugal, from September 10th - 13th.

We are also pleased to announce that the conference will be co-located with the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) annual international conference

The conferences will deliver two, parallel programmes of peer-reviewed papers, tutorials and workshops. Delegates will register once, and will then be free to choose between the two programmes, with some plenary sessions (keynotes) and social events bringing all delegates together.

For a single registration you will be able to choose from a range of talks, workshops and tutorials!

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.