15.294 Dublin Core approved

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 294.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2001 06:59:06 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Dublin Core Metadata Element Set Approved

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    October 5, 2001

                      Dublin Core Metadata Element Set Approved

    >Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 10:00:54 -0400
    >From: "Marilyn Geller" <marilyn.geller@mindspring.com>
    >To: Multiple recipients of list <arl-ejournal@arl.org>
    Bethesda, Md., USA - (October 5, 2001) NISO, the National Information
    Standards Organization and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
    announce the approval by ANSI of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
    (Z39.85-2001). DCMI began in 1995 with an invitational workshop in Dublin,
    Ohio that brought together librarians, digital library researchers, content
    providers, and text-markup experts to improve discovery standards for
    information resources. The original Dublin Core emerged as a small set of
    descriptors that quickly drew global interest from a wide variety of
    information providers in the arts, sciences, education, business, and
    government sectors.

    Metadata is structured information that describes, explains, locates, or
    otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use or manage an information
    resource. The Dublin Core was originally developed to be simple and
    concise, and to describe Web-based documents. The current standard defines
    fifteen metadata elements for resource description in a cross-disciplinary
    information environment. These elements are: title, subject, description,
    source, language, relation, coverage, creator, publisher, contributor,
    rights, date, type, format, and identifier.

    Commenting on the approval, Stuart Weibel, Executive Director of DCMI, said:
    "The approval of Z39.85 formalizes a long period of consensus building
    representing the efforts of hundreds of people, and all participants can
    take pride in what this community has built." The NISO committee was
    chaired by John Kunze (University of California/National Library of
    Medicine) and included Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress), Marjorie
    Hlava (Access Innovations, Inc.), Clifford Morgan (John Wiley &Sons Ltd.)
    and John Perkins (CIMI Consortium).
    The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (http://dublincore.org) is an
    organization dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of interoperable
    metadata standards and developing specialized metadata vocabularies for
    describing resources that enable more intelligent information discovery
    systems. DCMI will act as the maintenance agency for the Dublin Core
    Metadata Element set standard.

    This standard is available for free downloading or hardcopy purchase at:

    About NISO:
    NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards
    Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information
    delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers
    and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are
    developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in
    the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer.
    For information about NISO's current standardization interests and
    membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at

    For additional information contact NISO Headquarters at (301) 654-2512.
    Email: nisohq@niso.org


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