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International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications

The annual Dublin Core conferences bring together leading metadata researchers and professionals from around the world. The Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications cover a full range of topics related to standards and technologies for metadata.

In addition to the availability of the full proceeding for the conference here on this website, the peer reviewed parts of the proceedings for 2001-2016 are published and permanently available at

  • DC-2017, Washington, D.C.

    October 26, 2017 – October 29, 2017

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  • DC-2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

    October 13, 2016 – October 16, 2016

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    The Summit in Copenhagen launches DCMI's 3rd decade and provides a forum for looking forward to new challenges and backward at challenges met and challenges unresolved. Every year the DCMI community gathers for both its Annual Meeting and its International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications. The work agenda of the DCMI community is broad and inclusive of all aspects of innovation in metadata design, implementation, and best practices. While the work of the Initiative progresses throughout the year, the Conference and Annual Meeting provide the opportunity for DCMI "citizens" as well as newcomers, students, apprentices, and early career professionals to gather face-to-face to share knowledge and experience. The Summit in Copenhagen will provide the opportunity for public- and private-sector initiatives beyond DCMI that are doing significant metadata work to come together, to compare notes, and to cast a broader light into their particular metadata work silos. Through such a gathering of the metadata communities, DCMI advances its "first goal" of promoting metadata interoperability and harmonization.

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    Proceedings Online

    Proceedings are available online! We will be adding additional resources to the proceedings including presentation slides and supplemental resources as they become available over the course of the conference days.


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    Bradley Allen

    Keynote Speaker Bradley P. Allen is Chief Architect at « Elsevier », the world's leading scientific publisher. He has been a serial entrepreneur who has built and led teams in the design, development, launch and operation of innovative Web businesses. He works at the nexus of information retrieval, linked data and machine learning technologies, and is two for three on successful startup exits. Brad leads the Architecture group within Elsevier's technology organization, focusing on aligning technology vision and roadmap with corporate strategy, helping core development teams build and evolve products and infrastructure, and guiding Elsevier Labs' collaborative research into the future of scientific and medical publishing.

    Keynote Abstract: Much of Elsevier's work in the digitization of scholarly content has involved the adoption of metadata standards, of which Dublin Core and its related vocabularies have been central. These standards have been rooted in the ways in which people have accessed and discovered knowledge in libraries, but are increasingly focused on representing knowledge directly for uses that go beyond discovery and access. This talk addresses the question of how these standards are continuing to evolve as we move to a world where more and more of the readership of the scientific literature is composed of machines, as opposed to just people.


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    The Technical Program includes peer-reviewed Papers, Project Reports, and Posters. Submission to the Technical Program will span metadata research, design, and application as a critical core value of effective information systems across domains—science, humanities, business, government, cultural memory, and the professions. It will explore the domain-crossing intersections of metadata lifecycle documentation, publication, and management. Submissions are welcome that elucidate the challenges of emergent areas of metadata interest including big data, fast data, immediate data, streaming data, and big and smart metadata. The submissions to the Technical Program will be reviewed by an international panel of experts.

    For more information and to begin your submission, « click here ».


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    The Professional Program is key to DCMI's education and training objective and includes Tutorials, Workshops, Special Sessions, and Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations. Submissions are reviewed by the Conference Committee in consultation with the DCMI Education Committee. Selections for the Tutorial, Workshops, and Special Sessions are based on the: (a) immediacy of the submission to current education and training needs of metadata designers, implementers, and practitioners; and (b) potential of the submission to advance innovation in both the discourse and best practice of metadata. Best Practice Posters & Demonstrations is a non-peer reviewed track that encourages metadata practitioners in memory institutions, galleries, government and the private sector to showcase work demonstrating innovative approaches to metadata best practices. Selections are based on whether the work presents challenging problem in context and whether the authors and conference delegates can benefit from interactions during the poster session.

    For more information and to begin your submission, « click here ».


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    Danish DC-2016 Committee

    • Leif Andresen, Advisor to the Director, The Royal Library. National Library of Denmark, Denmark
    • Preben Aagaard Nielsen, Danish Agency for Culture, Denmark
    • Susanne Thorborg, Danish Bibliographic Centre, Denmark

    Technical Program Chairs

    • Valentine Charles, Europeana, Netherlands
    • Lars G. Svensson, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany

    Professional Program Chairs

    • Thomas Baker, DCMI, Germany
    • Michael Crandall, University of Washington, United States
    • Stuart Sutton, DCMI, United States


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    The DCMI Annual Meeting is collocated with the International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications. The Annual provides the members of DCMI's governance and administrative Boards and Standing Committees with the opportunity to meet face-to-face once a year. While scheduled meetings of these bodies will occur on Sunday, 16 October 2016; informal meetings of the Boards and Standing Committees may occur during any available time during the Pre-Conference (Thursday) and Conference days (Friday & Saturday).

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  • DC-2015, São Paulo, Brazil

    September 1, 2015 – September 4, 2015

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    CONFERENCE ABSTRACT: The need for structured metadata to support ubiquitous access across the Web to the treasure troves of resources spanning cultures, in science, and in the digital humanities is now common knowledge among information systems designers and implementers. Structured metadata expressed through languages of description make it possible for us to 'speak' about the contents of our treasure troves. But, like all human languages, our languages of description both enable and isolate. The push to break out of the isolation of the metadata silos in which professionals inevitably design, implement and manage metadata in order to discover the intersections of our treasure troves drives much of today's discourse and emerging practice in metadata. The emergence of massively integrated Web presences such as Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) along with the reshaping of public access globally through mechanisms such as Linked Data and drive our conversations, our excitement, and our fears.

    DCMI ANNUAL MEETING: Every year the DCMI community gathers for both its Annual Meeting and its International Conference on Dublin Core & Metadata Applications. The work agenda of the DCMI community is broad and inclusive of all aspects of innovation in metadata design, implementation and best practices. While the work of the Initiative progresses throughout the year, the Annual Meeting & Conference provides the opportunity for DCMI "citizens" as well as newcomers, students, apprentices, and early career professionals to gather face-to-face to share experiences. In addition, the gathering provides public- and private-sector initiatives beyond DCMI that are doing significant metadata work to come together to compare notes and cast a broader light into their particular metadata work silos. Through such a gathering of the metadata communities, DCMI advances its "first goal" of promoting metadata interoperability and harmonization. This year, the Annual Meeting & Conference is being hosted by the Universidade Estadual Paulista—São Paulo State University » and held in São Paulo, Brazil.

    » Conference Overview
    » Presentations of Keynotes, Papers, Posters, & Professional Program Workshops and Special Sessions
    » Full Proceedings (PDF)
    » Professional Session Descriptions
    » Program Schedule
    » Organizing Team

  • DC-2014, Austin Texas, U.S.A.

    October 8, 2014 – October 11, 2014

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    Metadata Intersections: Bridging the Archipelago of Cultural Memory
    International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications

    Wednesday, October 8th through Saturday, October 11th, Austin, Texas, USA

    Metadata is fundamental in enabling ubiquitous access to cultural and scientific resources through galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM). While fundamental, GLAM traditions in documentation and organization lead to significant differences in both their languages of description and domain practices. And yet, the push is on for "radically open cultural heritage data"* that bridges these differences as well as those across the humanities and the natural sciences. DC-2014 will explore the role of metadata in spanning the archipelago of siloed cultural memory in an emerging context of linked access to data repositories as well as repositories of cultural artifacts.

    *John Voss, « Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web »

    » Keynote (Eric Miller) (Video Recording Courtesy of the Shanghai Library))
    » Governing Board Chair's Welcome
    » Overview
    » Program Schedule
    » Program Abstracts
    » Presentations
    » Full Proceedings
    » Professional Sessions
    » Next Generation Program
    » Chair's Welcome
    » Annual Meeting Agenda
    » Organizing Team

  • DC-2013, Lisbon, Portugal

    September 2, 2013 – September 6, 2013

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    DC-2013 will explore questions regarding the persistence, maintenance, and preservation of metadata and descriptive vocabularies. The need for stable representations and descriptions spans all sectors including cultural heritage and scientific data, eGovernment, finance and commerce. Thus, the maintenance and management of metadata is essential to address the long term availability of information of legal, cultural and economic value.

    On the web, data—and especially descriptive vocabularies—can change or vanish from one moment to the next. Nonetheless, the web increasingly forms the ecosystem for our vocabularies and our data. DC-2013 will bring together in Lisbon the community of metadata scholars and practitioners to engage in the exchange of knowledge and best practices in developing a sustainable metadata ecosystem.

    » Organizing Team
    » Keynote Speaker
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    » Program Schedule
    » Program Abstracts
    » Tutorials
    » Special Sessions & Workshops
    » Paper Awards
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  • DC-2012, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

    September 3, 2012 – September 7, 2012

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    DC-2012 will explore the global, national and regional roles of metadata in addressing global challenges such as food security, the digital divide, and sustainable development. Metadata plays a significant role globally in information systems shaping how we know, monitor and change social and governmental systems affecting everything from the environment, human rights and justice to education and peace. DC-2012 will bring together in Kuching the community of metadata scholars and practitioners to engage in the exchange of knowledge and best practices in developing languages of description to meet these global challenges.

    DC-2012 will take place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo) from 3 through 7 September 2012 and will be part of the collocated activities of «Knowledge Technology Week 2012».

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    Special Session Semantic Web Vocabularies and Drupal

    A number of the organizations represented at Knowledge Technology Week 2012 and DC-2012 use a Drupal platform (e.g., FAO and VIVO) or are planning such a migration (ZBW Labs and DCMI). This special session will explore the relationship between Drupal and Linked Open Data (LOD) vocabularies - specifically, how Drupal systems can ingest and use LOD vocabularies and publish data using LOD vocabularies. How does, or how might, Drupal interact with the Agrovoc Vocbench, AgInfra tools, metadata registries, or The session will begin with lightning talks about projects that use or are implementing any of the approaches above. These presentations will lead into "unconference"-style brainstorming to identify opportunities for sharing expertise, pooling efforts, or defining joint goals. «…more information »

  • DC-2011, The Hague

    September 21, 2011 – September 23, 2011

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    Metadata Harmonization: Bridging Languages of Description

    Resting at the heart of application profiles, «metadata harmonization»[1] presents a little understood, but critical challenge in design of languages of description. DC-2011 will explore the conceptual and practical issues of design when the language solution calls for cross-fertilization from different metadata specifications.

    DC-2011, the eleventh International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, will take place at the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague from 21 through 23 September 2011. The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) fosters the national infrastructure for scientific information and plays an important role in the permanent access to digital information at an international level. The KB has been involved in many international research projects in the field of digital libraries and hosts the offices of European Library Office.  The European Library and Europeana. The European Library Office is coordinating the local organization of DC-2011.

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DCMI Regional Meetings, Workshops & Seminars

DCMI Regional Meetings are focused on specific metadata issues of interest in both the host region and to metadata researchers and practitioners throughout the metadata ecology.  Regional Meetings are hosted regionally and endorsed by DCMI.  Topics addressed vary.

  • DCMI @ 21

    August 19, 2016 – August 19, 2016

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    Date: 19-Aug-16
    Location: OCLC, Dublin, OH, USA
    Room: Lakeside Room (Smith Building)
    Duration: All-day event + reception
    IFLA Section Sponsor: « IFLA Information Technology Section »
    Co-sponsor:« Dublin Core Metadata Initiative »
    Host & SupporterOCLC

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    IFLA World Library and Information Congress

    82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly

    Dublin Core at 21 celebrates DC's amazing 21 year history and anticipates its future.

    The Dublin Core originated in 1995 at a meeting at OCLC (in the very room where this IFLA Satellite event will also take place). This special event will bring a historical view of key people who were there when the Web was young, and Dublin Core was new, and evolving rapidly.

    But the Web does not stand still. Presentations will also provide information on the latest metadata standards-related work underway by DCMI (The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative) and OCLC's current work with metadata models, standards, and technologies advancing the state of the art for libraries and archives.

    Presenters will include metadata experts with long ties to Dublin Core including several who were at the original invitational meeting in 1995. A panel discussion will permit speakers to reflect on activities and trends past and present.

    Attendees are invited to attend a complimentary reception and special unveiling following the presentation portion of the day.



    IFLA Information Technology Section

    DCMI (The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative)




    OCLC (This event will take place at the Conference Center at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio.)

    What is included with registration?

    Each registered attendee will receive a ticket to attend the event. A catered lunch—preceding the event's formal start - and afternoon refreshment will be provided.

    The event will close with a beer and wine reception and a special unveiling.

    What is the spoken language of the event?


    Is there a detailed schedule for the event?

    The schedule will appear on the lanyrd page

    What are my transport/parking options for the event?

    For information about transportation options, see the OCLC event page.

    What are my hotel options for the event?

    For information on hotel options, please see the the OCLC event page.

    Is reduced pricing available for early registration?>

    Yes. Reduced price tickets (early registration) are available through 30 June 2016 (or until tickets are sold out if the event sells out prior to 30 June).

    Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

    Yes. Please send an e-mail to with the subject line, "Dublin Core at 21," to request a transfer.

    Can I update my registration information?

    Yes. Please note that your name badge will be based on the information you supply in your registration form.

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Please send an e-mail to with the subject line, "Dublin Core at 21"

    Is there social media for this event?

    Yes! Go to this lanyrd page to let the world know you will be attending, like/follow the event facebook page and follow @dcmi_events for updates on this event and other DCMI events.

  • DCMI-AsiaPac Shanghai

    June 20, 2014 – June 20, 2014

    Seminar: Digital Humanities and Semantic Technologies

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    The sixth seminar of the Advanced Technologies in Libraries series and the first DCMI Regional Meeting held in China.

    Place: Shanghai Library
    Time: 20 June 2014, 9:00-16:00
    Registration: Free — Now closed.



    • Morning: Keynotes
    • Afternoon: Presentations & Discussions


    Sponsor: « The Digital Library Lab of Nanjing University »

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  • Making Metadata Work

    June 23, 2014 – June 23, 2014

    Making Metadata Work

    Joint Meeting of
    « ISKO UK » (UK Chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization),
    « IRSG » (Information Retrieval Special Interest Group of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT), and
    « DCMI » (Dublin Core Metadata Initiative)

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    The concept of Metadata is growing up, as we find applications far more sophisticated than just reading the label on the tin. In the early days of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) the most obvious aim was to enable us all to find stuff in the expanding Internet environment. Nowadays we see more opportunities in creating and exploiting linkages between diverse resources in a variety of networks, and in revolutionizing the media production workflow so that semantic connections support the user while removing inefficiencies.

    Making Metadata Work will be a showcase for the latest developments in the evolution of the Semantic Web, exploitation of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS), metadata annotation to aid workflow automation, information retrieval in networks of diverse media assets, Linked Data, and other opportunities for using metadata. The day will be modular: attendance in the morning is optional, with a choice of workshop or tutorial, while the afternoon programme is for everyone.

    Monday 23rd June 2014

    Wilkes Room—British Computer Society London Office
    1st Floor, The Davidson Building
    5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
    « Location map and directions »

    Full day, including lunch and a choice of tutorial or workshop: €120 (or €70 for members of ISKO, IRSG or DCMI and for full-time students)

    Afternoon only: €£60 (or €25 for members of ISKO, IRSG or DCMI and for full-time students)

  • DCMI-AsiaPac Workshop 2013

    August 15, 2013 – August 15, 2013

    DCMI Workshop on RDA, DC and Linked Data

    Thursday, 15 August 2013
    Jurong Regional Library, National Library Board Singapore
    Held in conjunction with IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2013
    17-23 August 2013
    National Library Board Singapore

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    The DCMI-AsiaPac Workshop will be held a day before the IFLA IT Section's conference on "User interaction based on library linked data" on 16 August. IFLA WLIC itself will run from 17-23 August 2013. DCMI-AsiaPac is part of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative's Regional Meetings Series. The workshop will raise awareness among librarians in the Asian region of the implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA) and how library metadata (specifically DC) can be exposed as linked data to improve visibility & enhance collection usage. Our objective is also to build confidence among Asian librarians to work well in the digital arena and be comfortable enough to adopt new technologies that will help improve their libraries' services. A secondary objective is to build a community for the DCMI Asia task group where regular discussion and work on metadata matters can be established.

    The theme for the workshop will be "RDA, DC and LOD" and it will be made up of 2 half-day seminars. The morning seminar will focus on introductory concepts which are very important for our region where most librarians are still working with MARC and are not exposed to linked data or Semantic Web technologies. The afternoon seminar will focus on implementation—what and how librarians can expose both their MARC and DC metadata as linked data.


    Karen Coyle's Presentations:

    Sam Oh's Presentations:

  • DCMI-UK Seminar: Five Years On

    April 26, 2012 – April 27, 2012

    April 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the Data Model Meeting at the British Library, London attended by participants interested in the fit between RDA: Resource Description and Access and the models used in other metadata communities, especially those working in the Semantic Web environment. This meeting, informally known as the "London Meeting", has proved to be a critical point in the trajectory of libraries from the traditional data view to linked data and the Semantic Web.

    DCMI-UK in cooperation with DCMI International as well as others will co-sponsor a one-day seminar on Friday 27 April 2012 to describe progress since 2007, mark the anniversary, and look to further collaboration in the future.

    Speakers include participants at the 2007 meeting and other significant players in library data and the Semantic Web. Papers from the seminar will be published by DCMI and available freely online.

    The London Meeting stimulated significant development of Semantic Web representations of the major international bibliographic metadata models, including IFLA's Functional Requirements family and the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), and MARC as well as RDA itself. Attention is now beginning to focus on the management and sustainability of this activity, and the development of high-level semantic and data structures to support library applications.

    Seminar Resources:

    » Speakers
    » Program
    » Presentations

    The seminar will be preceded by inaugural meetings of the new « DCMI Vocabulary Management Community » and « DCMI Bibliographic Metadata Task Group » on Thursday, 26 April 2012 which will be open to all. Development of agendas for these Thursday 26 April meetings can be followed on the wikis for the « DCMI Vocabulary Management Community » and « DCMI Bibliographic Metadata Task Group ».

    The final Report of the meeting can be found in in the Events section of the Cataloguing News column at « (scroll way down) and will be published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly »

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