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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 630.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Joan B Fiscella <jbf@uic.edu> (49)
Subject: For posting on HUMANIST, please.

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (132)
Subject: Dublin Core Metadata for Museums

Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 08:46:29 -0600 (CST)
From: Joan B Fiscella <jbf@uic.edu>
Subject: For posting on HUMANIST, please.

The 20th Annual Conference of the Association for Integrative Studies will
be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Detroit, Michigan, October
8-11, 1998. It is being co-sponsored by Wayne State University's
Interdisciplinary Studies Program, in the College of Lifelong Learning,
as part of their 25th anniversary. We invite you to submit paper

deadline April 10, 1998

Proposals for the 1998 AIS Conference are invited on the theme of:
Integrative Studies: Building Bridges across Disciplines and Cultures
The conference will focus on the diversity of disciplinary, cultural,
institutional, and organizational boundary-crossing. Submissions from
graduate students are especially encouraged! We invite formal papers,
panel discussions, workshops, round tables , book and research reviews,
and poster sessions on topics such as:

* the internationalization of interdisciplinarity
* interdisciplinarity in the information age
* knowledge, power, and interdisciplinarity
* building active institutional partnerships
* interdisciplinarity and adult education
* interdisciplinary implications for social change
* interdisciplinary curricula and the business community
* the future of interdisciplinarity
* preparing for interdisciplinary teaching
* advancing interdisciplinary graduate criteria

A proposal submission for is available at:

To submit a proposal, send, FAX, or E-mail the information requested on
the proposal submission form by April 10, 1998, to:

Linda Hulber,
AIS Conference Proposal Coordinator:
Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
Wayne State University,
2404 A.A.B., 5700 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone:(313)577-6567 FAX: (313)577-8585
Email: LHulber@Cll.Wayne.Edu

For more information about the conference, see:
http://www.muc.muohio.edu/~ais/conf_1998.html or contact Linda Hulbert.

For information on the Association for Integrative Studies, please see:
http://www.muc.muohio.edu/~ais/ or contact: William Newell, Phone:
(513)529-2213, FAX: (513)529-5849, E-mail: NewellWH@MUOhio.Edu

Notification of Acceptance by May 1, 1998.

Joan B. Fiscella
Bibliographer for Professional Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago Library

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 13:23:48 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Dublin Core Metadata for Museums

March 6, 1998

CIMI Dublin Core Metadata Testbed

Call for Participation

>Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 11:48:50 -0500
>From: Terry Kuny <Terry.Kuny@xist.com>
>> Testbed

March 1, 1998


Details follow on an opportunity for museums, corporations, and other
organizations that produce and distribute digital object descriptions
to take part in an 8-month Consortium for the Interchange of Museum
Information (CIMI) testbed of Dublin Core (DC) metadata creation and
conversion starting April 1998.

This testbed reflects CIMI's approach to investigating standards for
solving information problems by through practical implementation
experience. This study will investigate validation of assumptions
underlying the sufficiency and efficacy of DC metadata to describe
heterogeneous museum collections and the creation of localized case
histories from which to share lessons learned and identify areas of
further work. Organizations interested in participating should contact
Erin Stewart erins2@mail.airmail.net, CIMI Dublin Core Metadata Testbed
Project Manager, by March 20, 1998.


Dear Colleague,

CIMI is pleased to announce the CIMI Dublin Core (DC) Metadata Testbed
Project <http://www.cimi.org/documents/metafinalPD.html>. This
opportunity will afford those charged with responsibility for making
museum object collections available for resource discovery and
retrieval to explore the potential of the DC metadata scheme
<http://purl.org/metadata/dublin_core> to describe heterogeneous

For more information on CIMI, see www.cimi.org. This Call for
Participation is available at

The selected group of participants will work with CIMI to create a
pilot implementation of DC metadata records. This testbed will serve
as the foundation for an evaluation of assumptions concerning the
discovery and retrieval of resources within an electronic, networked
environment such as that offered by the World Wide Web. The CIMI DC
Metadata Testbed offers an opportunity to explore these assumptions
within a systematic context, and to make the more generically
applicable findings available to the wider DC community. Please see
the complete project description at

Goals of the testbed include:

* Evaluating the efficacy and utility of DC for the museum community
* Bringing to the surface and provide a forum for understanding and
resolving issues concerning the operational aspects, technical
infrastructure, intellectual challenges, and economics of DC record
* Promoting international consensus on DC practices in the museum and
cultural heritage community

CIMI is seeking responses from interested parties who:

* are interested in acquiring practical experience in creating and
converting from legacy databases a sizeable number of DC records,
including identification and discussion of intellectual, operational,
technical, and economic issues
* represent the widest possible range of institution size,
geographical/cultural dispersion, charter, and information management
requirements and practices, including vendors
* have or can secure access to a digital collection suitable for
project use
* have demonstrated commitment to dedicate resources
* are or are willing to become a member of CIMI

International participation from organizations representing a diverse
collection of digital objects of varying aggregation levels and
disciplines is strongly encouraged.

Participants will receive a $1,000 U.S. dollar stipend (to defray
expenses of testbed participation including approximately 3 meetings to
be held in conjunction with professional conferences when possible).

Participants will:

* Identify a set of objects representing a broad range of disciplines,
formats, and aggregation levels for description by DC Simple and
Qualified elements
* Create a task list and timetable for accomplishment of work items
* Create, convert, and manage a sizeable number of DC records
* Maintain a detailed activity log and complete questionnaires
describing progress, task outcomes, and issues
* Support content analysis of the derived DC records by availing
existing catalog representations and objects
* Participate in three meetings to discuss intellectual, operational,
technical, and economic issues concerning record creation
* Assess the adequacy of DC to map both from existing metadata and to
end-user-oriented CIMI Access Points
* Understand the relationship of DC to other resource discovery and
retrieval mechanisms

Interested parties are asked to supply an expression of interest in the
following format to Erin Stewart by March 20, 1998. CIMI will evaluate
responses and contact eligible institutions to answer questions and
discuss expected project outcomes in greater detail. CIMI will then
select up to 10 participants for the DC Metadata Testbed Project. All
participants must be or be willing to become CIMI members


* Name of organization or institution
* Physical address of organization or institution
* URL of organization or institution
* URL of digital collection if available
* Personal contact name, job title, telephone number, and email address
* Half-page description of organization or institution, mission
statement, and reasons for interest in the Dublin Core and
participating in CIMI's testbed project.

We encourage you to copy and/or pass this announcement on to
appropriate colleagues in your organization or elsewhere.

We look forward to hearing from you by March 20, 1998.

Erin Stewart
Project Manager
voice: 972-776-7538 (CST)

John Perkins
CIMI Project Director
voice: 902-826-2824
fax: 902-826-1337


David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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