Joint NISO/DCMI Webinar: Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data

by | Jul 1, 2010 | 0 comments

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) are pleased to announce a new educational partnership, starting with an educational webinar on “Dublin Core: The Road from Metadata Formats to Linked Data,” to be held Wednesday, August 25th, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (eastern time).

Created in 1995, the Dublin Core was a result of the early phase of the web revolution. While most saw the Dublin Core as a simple metadata format, or as a set of descriptive headers embedded in web pages, a few of its founders saw it as a cornerstone of a fundamentally new approach to metadata. In the shadow of search engines, a Semantic Web approach developed in the early 2000s, reaching maturity in 2006 with the Linked Data movement, which uses Dublin Core as one of its key vocabularies.

This webinar will discuss the difference between traditional approaches based on record formats and the Linked Data approach, based on metadata “statements” designed to be merged across data silo boundaries. Focusing on the dual role of Dublin Core as a format and as a Semantic Web vocabulary, this webinar will discuss new technologies for bridging the gap between traditional and Linked Data approaches, highlighting how old ideas such as embedded metadata have been reinvented with new web technologies and tools to solve practical problems of resource discovery and navigation.

Speakers and Topics

Dublin Core in the Early Web Revolution
Makx Dekkers, Managing Director and CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Ltd. (DCMI)

Makx will describe how the early history of the Dublin Core illustrates an emerging split between two quite different paradigms for metadata — one based on closed systems and record formats and the other based on recombinational metadata with an “open-world” assumption.

What Makes the Linked Data Approach Different
Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer, DCMI Ltd.

Tom will demonstrate how metadata can be designed for merging across the boundaries of repositories and data silos.

Designing Interoperable Metadata on Linked Data Principles
Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer, DCMI Ltd.

Tom will show how good metadata design is rooted in well-articulated requirements and how the interoperability of metadata depends on shared underlying vocabularies in the context of a shared “grammar” for metadata.

Bridging the Gap to the Linked Data Cloud
Makx Dekkers, Managing Director and CEO, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Ltd. (DCMI)

Makx will describe how existing metadata applications can participate in the Linked Data cloud with emphasis on the role of simple, generic vocabularies such as the Dublin Core in providing a common denominator for interoperability.


Registration is per site (defined as access for one computer). NISO and NASIG members may register at a discounted rate. A student discount is also available. Can’t make it on the scheduled date or time? Registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year, which can be viewed at your convenience. For more information or to register, visit the event webpage:

Cynthia Hodgson
NISO Technical Editor Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 301-654-2512

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