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Dublin Core - Day 1

Angela T. Spinazze , ATSPIN consulting, USA
Paul Miller , UK Office for Library & Information Networking, United Kingdom
Thomas Hoffmann , The Powerhouse Museum, Australia

Session: Implementing the Dublin Core (Day 1)

As we move closer to achieving widespread digital access to cultural information resources, museums must keep pace with the ever changing process of resource discovery on the World Wide Web. With the internationalization of descriptive metadata standards such as the Dublin Core, new acronyms like RDF and XML, the speed of development is moving at a bewildering pace. To keep pace and have a voice in future developments, museums must understand the importance of metadata and learn how to describe and sctructure it by implementing the Dublin Core standard.

This comprehensive 2 day workshop draws from the experiences of the CIMI DC Metadata Testbed to take the mystery out of implementing the Dublin Core metadata standard in museums. Topics covered include: What is metadata, why is it important and why its different from traditional cataloguing. When to use DC. What to expect during implementation. How to determine which DC element is appropriate for the information at hand. Tools to automate the process of record creation. And much more.

Participants will be introduced to the principles of Dublin Core for use with art, cultural heritage and natural history museum information. The workshop will focus on the practical application of the Dublin Core elements and includes an introduction to the DC data model, the expression of DC records in HTML and RDF/XML, tools and applications, and the use of qualifiers.

Issues raised in the application of DC to museum information will be explored through examples from the DC Metadata Testbed and as expressed in the CIMI's Guide to Best Practice: DC. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of DC and the challenges and opportunities for the use of DC in museums and concrete, practical experience in creating and real DC records.