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The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is an open organization managed as a project of ASIS&T, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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You can learn more about metadata and DCMI by exploring the pages listed in the menu bar above: the Home page, Metadata Basics, Specifications, Community and Events, and About Us (this page).

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The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) supports shared innovation in metadata design and best practices across a broad range of purposes and business models.

DCMI does this by:

DCMI's principles of operation are:

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DCMI Members support the work of DCMI, participate in its governance, and receive benefits such as access to content, discounts for events, and visibility. DCMI is an organization committed to the development and open availability of resources that support a healthy global metadata ecosystem. Annual membership dues by DCMI members play a significant role in ensuring that DCMI continues to advance this commitment to support innovation in metadata design and best practice. Regional Members and Institutional Members help shape DCMI by: (1) bringing their institutional perspectives to the work agenda of the Initiative through active participation on the governing Oversight Committee; and (2) supporting the efforts of an international community of volunteer metadata experts. Supporting Members (private-sector companies and foundations) and Individual Members (interested individuals and students) support DCMI and enjoy membership benefits without formal duties related to governance.

The work of DCMI requires dedicated, paid effort funded through the annual contributions of DCMI members. These paid efforts include:

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The governance and operation structure of DCMI is formalized through a set of by-laws defining the membership, responsibilities, selection and appointment process, terms, decision process, communication and documentation, and reporting procedures for all committees.

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The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Web Site is the major public entry point and formal repository for DCMI documentation, including current and past activities and meetings.

DCMI seeks to attract the individuals and organizations worldwide interested in collaborating on metadata standards as well as the design and development of enabling metadata technologies. To this end, the DCMI has established the following policies.

Over the years, DCMI has developed several software applications to generate and manage machine-readable representations of metadata: a metadata registry application (in Full and Lite versions), a Vocabulary Management Tool, and a tool for extracting structured representations of application profiles from MoinMoin wiki pages. The source code for these software applications is freely available for interested users under DCMI open source licenses.

The DCMI logo consists of a central sphere, representing the core of the Initiative. The inner surrounding spheres represent the original 15 core data elements available in the DCMI Metadata Element Set (ISO standard 15836). The outer spheres represent an interpreted and extended element set.

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DCMI's work is supported, promoted and improved by Member organizations around the world:

  • The National Library of Finland
  • The National Library of Korea
  • The National Library Board Singapore
  • MIMOS Berhad
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  • Simmons College (USA)
  • ZBW - German National Library of Economics
  • Information School of the University of Washington
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Göttingen State and University Library
  • Research Center for Knowledge Communities, Tsukuba University
  • Infocom Corporation (Japan)

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