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Dublin Core Metadata for Resource Discovery (RFC2413)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002989D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Weibel: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The Dublin Core Metadata Workshop Series began in 1995 with an invitational workshop which brought together librarians, digital library researchers, content experts, and text-markup experts to promote better discovery standards for electronic resources. The Dublin Core is a 15-element set of descriptors that has emerged from this effort in interdisciplinary and international consensus building. This is the first of a set of Informational RFCs describing the Dublin Core. Its purpose is to introduce the Dublin Core and to describe the consensus reached on the semantics of each of the 15 elements.

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Network Working Group S. Weibel

Request for Comments: 2413 OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

Category: Informational J. Kunze

University of California, San Francisco

C. Lagoze

Cornell University

M. Wolf

Reuters Limited

September 1998

Dublin Core Metadata for Resource Discovery

1. Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

2. Abstract

The Dublin Core Metadata Workshop Series began in 1995 with an

invitational workshop which brought together librarians, digital

library researchers, content experts, and text-markup experts to

promote better discovery standards for electronic resources. The

Dublin Core is a 15-element set of descriptors that has emerged from

this effort in interdisciplinary and international consensus

building. This is the first of a set of Informational RFCs

describing the Dublin Core. Its purpose is to introduce the Dublin

Core and to describe the consensus reached on the semantics of each

of the 15 elements.

3. Introduction

Finding relevant information on the World Wide Web has become

increasingly problematic due to the explosive growth of networked

resources. Current Web indexing evolved rapidly to fill the demand

for resource discovery tools, but that indexing, while useful, is a

poor substitute for richer varieties of resource description.

An invitational workshop held in March of 1995 brought together

librarians, digital library researchers, and text-markup specialists

to address the problem of resource discovery for networked resources.

This activity evolved into a series of related workshops and

ancillary activities that have become known collectively as the

Dublin Core Metadata Workshop Series.

The goals that motivate the Dublin Core effort are:

- Simplicity of creation and maintenance

- Commonly understood semantics

- Conformance to existing and emerging standards

- International scope and applicability

- Extensibility

- Interoperability among collections and indexing systems

These requirements work at cross purposes to some degree, but all are

desirable goals. Much of the effort of the Workshop Series has been

directed at minimizing the tensions among these goals.

One of the primary deliverables of this effort is a set of elements

that are judged by the collective participants of these ...