Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 109.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 07:36:26 +0100
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Subject: Announcement of "Dublin Core Qualifiers"
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
July 11, 2000
Announcement of "Dublin Core Qualifiers"
Reminder: 8th Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Workshop
October 4-6, 2000: National Library of Canada, Ottawa
>Roderic Olvera Young
>DUBLIN CORE RELEASES RECOMMENDED QUALIFIERS
>Building the De Facto Metadata Standard and Improving Access to the
><http://purl.org/dc/>http://purl.org/dc/ - 11 July 2000 -
>The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), an organization
>leading the development of international standards to improve
>electronic resource management and information discovery,
>today announced the formal recommendation of the Dublin Core
>(DC) Qualifiers. The addition of the DC Qualifiers enhances
>the semantic precision of the existing DC Metadata Element Set.
>"Think of Legos. The close tolerances of these simple toys
>ensure all the different Lego themes, built at different times,
>can work together smoothly. Dublin Core is the basic Lego block
>for promoting discovery of resources on the Web: a simple and
>interoperable foundation upon which many information solutions
>can be built. The introduction of Dublin Core Qualifiers is like
>adding color and themes to the Legos - it helps enrich the
>description of information resources on the Internet"
>said Stuart Weibel, DCMI Director.
>The DC Qualifiers build upon the DC Metadata Element Set,
>which provides 15 categories to describe resources on the Web
>- a catalog card with new dimensions. Known as the Dublin Core,
>the metadata model has become the de facto standard for
>description of information on the Internet.
>For the past year, working groups of the Dublin Core developed
>these newly agreed upon refinements to the catalog card to give
>better access to information we seek. In essence, the new
>recommendations for Dublin Core Qualifiers increase the effectiveness
>of metadata by giving it finer granularity. For example, a
>publication's date, which would be the Dublin Core Metadata Element,
>may be further detailed as a particular type of date by using a
>Dublin Core Qualifier such as date last modified, date
>created, or date issued.
>Dublin Core's Usage Committee today launches the next step
>toward a cohesive metadata standard. The DC Qualifiers improve
>interpretation of metadata values and can be easily recorded
>or transferred into HTML, XML, RDF or relational databases.
>The evolution of DC Qualifiers draws from the input of many
>individuals across a broad array of disciplines.
>Users include museum informatics specialists, archivists, digital
>library researchers, libraries, and government information providers
>and a variety of content providers. Their efforts have led standards
>organizations, such as NISO (National Information Standards Organization)
>in the U.S. and CEN in Europe (European Committee for Standardization)
>to view the DC Metadata Element Set as a benchmark candidate for
>simple resource description on the Internet. More recently, new sectors,
>such as education and industry, have been attracted to Dublin Core's
>simplicity, multilingual scope, consensus philosophy and widespread
>More information about the new recommendation can be found at:
>The metadata for this press release can viewed at:
>Praise for DC Qualifiers from Key Leaders in Metadata:
>"The ratification of Dublin Core Qualifiers is an important milestone
>that will improve the usefulness of Dublin Core metadata for libraries
>and the greater Internet community. OCLC is pleased to host the Dublin
>Core Metadata Initiative as part of its continuing commitment to global
>open standards which facilitate international knowledge access. We
>expect the Dublin Core to play an important role in bridging traditional
>library cataloging and Internet resource description."
>-- Jay Jordan, CEO, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
>"I'm delighted to see this important next step on the Dublin Core
>Metadata Initiative's program, which begins to map the path between
>the lowest-common-denominator unqualified elements and the need for
>greater precision in many actual applications. This is a relatively
>short document, but it distills an enormous amount of thinking, discussion
>and hard work by a worldwide community concerned with metadata, and the
>consensus it captures represents a substantial accomplishment."
>-- Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information.
>"The Dublin Core qualifiers establish an important precedent for the
>"best-practice" use of the Dublin Core Element Set. The W3C work on
>the Resource Description Framework (RDF) anticipated from its very
>beginning the need within the Dublin Core framework to use qualifiers
>to represent encoding schemes as well as vocabulary refinement. The
>adoption of this set of qualifiers leads the way for more widespread
>use of the Dublin Core to describe materials on the Web in greater detail."
>-- Ralph R. Swick, Technical Director, Technology and Society Domain,
>World Wide Web Consortium.
>"Most Dublin Core implementation projects have always used element
>qualifiers. To current and future Dublin Core users, agreement on
>core Qualifiers is a hallmark event which can only be compared with
>completion of the 15 basic Dublin Core Metadata Elements. Now, with
>both Elements and their Qualifiers in place, Dublin Core is a much
>more powerful and versatile tool."
>-- Juha Hakala, Development Director, Helsinki University Library.
>"Implementers of Internet search engines are certain to welcome the
>most recent development of the Dublin Core standard. In Australia,
>Dublin Core is being used to support access to information resources
>by governments, the museum and library communities, and a number of
>projects within academia. The approval of standard qualifiers will
>be welcomed by these communities and ensure improved interoperability
>in the discovery of Internet resources."
>-- Dr. Warwick Cathro, Assistant Director-General of the
>National Library of Australia.
>"Melbourne IT's clients register domain names to move their businesses
>and other activities online. Their goal of realizing the potential of
>the Web can be fulfilled by Dublin Core. It delivers relevance to the
>information end-users seek. Today, we are well placed to implement
>the new Dublin Core standards in our own developments and to advise
>our clients as to how they can benefit from using them."
>-- Peter Gerrand, CEO of Melbourne IT.
>"With the general adoption and the publication of the Dublin Core
>Qualifiers, Dublin Core establishes itself as a reliable international
>metadata standard. I am pleased that this consolidation process, with
>its great importance for libraries, museums, archives and many other
>communities, was set in motion during the 7th Dublin Core Workshop
>-- Dr. Elisabeth Niggeman, Director, Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
>ABOUT THE DUBLIN CORE METADATA INITIATIVE [DCMI]
>The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open forum engaged since
>1995 in the development of interoperable online metadata standards
>that support a broad range of purposes and business models. Its
>primary offering, the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, is the
>de-facto worldwide standard for the description of information
>resources across disciplines and languages. DCMI's activities
>include consensus-driven working groups, global workshops, conferences,
>standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread
>acceptance of metadata standards and practices. Representatives from
>industries worldwide are active contributors to the DCMI; participation
>is open to practitioners and theoreticians from the public, private
>and not-for-profit sectors. Further information on DCMI, the Dublin
>Core family of specifications and various online metadata solutions
>can be found at <http://purl.org/dc/>http://purl.org/dc/
>The 8th Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Workshop, hosted by the
>National Library of Canada and the International Federation of
>Library Associations and sponsored by OCLC, the Coalition for
>Networked Information, and the National Science Foundation, will
>be held the 4th through the 6th of October and will help shape
>the future of metadata, implementation and evolution of the standard.
>To register, please visit
>Dublin Core Metadata for this Press Release, represented in RDF:
><?xml version="1.0" ?>
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>Releases Recommended Qualifiers</dc:title>
> <dc:description>The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an organization
>the development of international standards to improve electronic resource
>management and information discovery, today announced the formal
>recommendation of the Dublin Core Qualifiers.</dc:description>
> <dc:creator>Stuart Weibel</dc:creator>
> <dc:creator>Eric Miller</dc:creator>
> <dc:contributor>Jay Jordan</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>Clifford Lynch</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>Ralph R. Swick</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>Juha Hakala</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>Dr. Warwick Cathro</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>Peter Gerrand</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann</dc:contributor>
> <dc:contributor>ZOT Group</dc:contributor>
> <dc:publisher>Dublin Core Metadata Initiative</dc:publisher>
> <dc:type>press release</dc:type>
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