14.0109 Dublin Core Qualifiers

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             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             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

    >Sally Khudairi
    >Roderic Olvera Young
    >ZOT Group
    >Building the De Facto Metadata Standard and Improving Access to the
    >World's Information
    ><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
    >in Frankfurt."
    >-- Dr. Elisabeth Niggeman, Director, Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
    >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" ?>
    > <dc:title>Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Press Release: Dublin Core
    >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:date>2000-07-11</dc:date>
    > <dc:format>text/html</dc:format>
    > <dc:language>en</dc:language>
    > <dc:type>press release</dc:type>

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