Special Session, Tutorials & Workshops

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

DC-2014 Activities

In addition to the peer reviewed papers, project reports and posters, a growing array of exciting Tutorials, Workshops & Special Sessions are under development to engage metadata researchers and practitioners in the latest innovations in modeling, design, technologies and best practices.

Pre-/Post-Conference Workshops & Tutorials

Training the Trainer of Linked Data

Workshop Title: Training the Trainers for Linked Data
Day/Time: Saturday, 8:30-5:00
Venue: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Workshop Leads: Seth van Hooland & Ruben Verborgh

Abstract: Linked Data has gained momentum, and practitioners are eager to use its principles to derive more value from metadata. Available handbooks and training materials focus on an audience with a computer science background. However, people with a non-technical education find it hard to understand what Linked Data can mean for them. This full-day, hands-on workshop will provide an overview of methods and case studies from the handbook "Linked Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums" (2014, ALA/Neal-Schuman). Using freely available tools and data, this workshop will teach you how to clean, reconcile, enrich, and publish your metadata. Participants will learn about concepts, methods, and tools that they can use on their own, or to teach others within their own institutions, to get more value from metadata.

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RDF Validation: Cultural Heritage Community

Tutorial Title: RDF Validation in the Cultural Heritage Community
Day/Time: Wednesday, 1:30-5:00
Venue: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Abstract: Resource Description Framework (RDF) does not natively provide rules for structuring descriptions or validating instance data. This tutorial will present the problems of of data structuring and validation in RDF. There will be a discussion of current techniques that are being proposed as solutions (SPIN, Data Shapes, ICV, etc.). Using examples from the cultural heritage community (Europeana Data Model, DPLA data model, etc.), speakers will present actual cases where validation and record-like structuring is needed. It will relate these efforts to the concept of application profiles, drawing on some existing examples, such as Dublin Core Application Profiles and BIBFRAME Profiles.

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Tutorial sponsored by:

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Fonds and Bonds

Workshop Title: Fonds & Bonds: Archival Metadata, Tools, and Identity Management
Day/Time: Wednesday, 8:30-5:00
Venue: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin Campus

Abstract: This DC 2014 special event will bring together experts and practitioners to explore archival description in the cultural heritage descriptive landscape, the emergence of authority files/identity description as an opportunity for cultural heritage cross-community collaboration, and provide attendees with the latest information on key metadata editing and management tools used by the working archivist.

Planning Committee:

  • Sarah Wells — The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia
  • Daniel Pitti — The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia
  • Julianna Barrera-Gomez — University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Eric Childress — OCLC Research
  • Jen Schaffner — OCLC Research
  • Ryan Hildebrand — Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

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Workshop hosted by:

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DCMI Overview logo

Tutorial Title: Positioning DCMI & Dublin Core in the Metadata Ecosystem
Day/Time: Wednesday, 9:00-12:30

Abstract: In March 2015, "Dublin Core" celebrates its 20th anniversary. What will it celebrate? What is "Dublin Core"? This tutorial will provide both an historical overview and a context for understanding the various facets the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), its community, its accomplishments, and its institutional relationships and influence. The goals of the tutorial will be to align the events shaping the history of the Initiative with the evolving technologies shaping the Internet, Web and semantic metadata.

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Conference Special Sessions

RDF Application Profiles

Special Session Title: RDF Application Profiles and Tools for Metadata Validation and Quality Control
Day/Time: Thursday, 1:30-5:00

Abstract: This session will focus on establishing requirements for implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers. In particular, our interests include the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages remain valuable in our context.

Scope and Motivation: Over the last fourteen years, the DCMI community has focused much of its efforts on the development of Application Profiles as a means to enable reuse of properties across multiple schemas, as well as constraint languages to express those profiles. Building on the DC-2013 special session « Application Profiles as an Alternative to OWL Ontologies », this session will explore the requirements for defining and implementing Application Profiles from the perspective of software developers and other implementers. In particular, our session will focus on the requirements necessary for performing validation and quality checks within tools, and the extent to which established and developing constraint languages, such as Description Set Profiles and Shape Expressions, remain valuable in our context.

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Special Session sponsored by:

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Special Session Title: Schema.org, SchemaBibExtend—Structured Data on the Web
Day/Time: Friday, 8:30-10:30

Abstract: Schema.org a structured data markup vocabulary, backed by Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Yandex that is apparently used on 15% of the Web, is an obvious success. Underpinning, what the SEO community call, semantic search is starting to become a de facto approach to simply sharing structured data on the Web for search engines and others to access. As a broad generic vocabulary, from the start it has invited enhancement proposals from interested groups and individuals. One of these groups is Schema Bib Extend who came together to build consensus around and proposals for enhancements to increase Schema.org's capability for representing bibliographic resources.

Join panelists from: (1) Yandex, one of the Schema.org backing organisations, (2) from the « Schema Bib Extend W3C Group » Chair from OCLC who is publishing hundreds of millions of bibliographic resources using the Schema.org vocabulary, and (3) a member realising the potential by enabling Open Source Library Systems to natively publish Schema.org described data through their user interfaces.

In addition to individual presentations from the panelists, there will be significant time allocated to discussion and questions on all aspects of Schema.org, its extension and application.


  • Richard Wallis, OCLC, USA Technology Evangelist and Chair of the Schema Bib Extend W3C Community Group
  • Charles McCathie Nevile, Spain, Consultant (Web Standards) STO Office, Yandex
  • Dan Scott, Canada, Laurentian University

Special Session sponsored by:


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Bibframe session logo

Special Session Title: BIBFRAME—Expressing and Connecting Bibliographic Data
Day/Time: Friday, 1:30-3:00

Abstract: Initiated by the Library of Congress, BIBFRAME (« Bibliographic Framework Initiative » project) provides a foundation for the future of bibliographic description, both on the web, and in the broader networked world. This special session at DC-2014 will include a brief introduction to BIBFRAME, thoughts on BIBFRAME and its relationship to RDA (« Resource Description and Access »), an update on BIBFRAME implementation planning underway at the Library of Congress, and short presentations from early implementors of BIBFRAME. Discussion and Q&A will follow the presentations.


  • Kevin Ford, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress, USA
  • [Additional speakers to be announced]

Special Session sponsored by:

Library of Congress

DCMI Technical Board Roundtable

Special Session Title: DCMI Roundtable
Day/Time: Friday, 3:30-5:00

DCMI will host a free-wheeling discussion touching on architecture, philosophy, and the practical aspects of working with a various leading metadata schema operating in the cultural heritage information space. The panel will include experts on BIBFRAME, Europeana Data Model (EDM), DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP), Schema.org/SchemaBibExtend, and more. Active audience participation is encouraged.

Round Tabel Panelists & Moderator:

  • Kai Eckert, Welcome, DCMI Technical Board Co-Chair
  • Tom Baker, Moderator, DCMI, Germany & Sungkyunkwan University
  • Mark Matienzo, Digital Library of America
  • Valentine Charles, Europeana
  • Kevin Ford, Library of Congress
  • Richard Wallis, OCLC

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Special Session sponsored by:

DCMI Technical Board logo

Student and Early Career Professionals

Special Session Title: Meet, Greet & Explore
Day/Time: Thursday, 11:00-12:30

This special session will highlight the presence at the conference of the students and early-career professionals as well as their sponsors and to provide the students and professionals with the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the key researchers, thought leaders and practitioner of metadata. The intention of the session is to get early-career professionals and students excited by the opportunities and challenges they will have in "metadata work" after they complete their programs and apprenticeships.

In addition to one-on-one interactions, a select panel of metadata practitioners, researchers and consultants from across the continuum of metadata practice—design, policy, implementation, and principled practice—will explore with session participants:

  1. Drivers. What are today's and tomorrow's drivers shaping the changes and challenges in metadata innovation and innovative practice?

  2. Enablers. Which enablers—whether technology or non-technology—are relevant to public- and private-sector innovation in metadata? How will these enablers shape practice and, equally important, how the practitioner advances his or her professional development in light of the enablers?

  3. Focus. Which focus areas of metadata innovation should drive the emergent practitioners' choices in terms of self-directed development in the short- and long-term? What opportunities, communities, emergent tools, resources and experiences will help shape those choices.

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