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1 Dublin Core and the Cultural Heritage Paul Miller UK Interoperability Focus

2 Introducing Interoperability Focus Funded by British Library Research & Innovation Centre (BLRIC) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Based at UK Office for Library & Information Networking (UKOLN) Began work January 1999 Funded for three years initially.

3 Introducing Interoperability Focus Focus upon enabling interoperability between resources in: libraries archives the cultural heritage sector etc.

4 Introducing Interoperability Focus By: disseminating best practice participating in relevant standards development initiatives encouraging/ facilitating cross–walks and cross–project communication representing UK interests internationally raising awareness of interoperability’s benefits to users, creators & holders.

5 Introducing Interoperability Focus E–mail: Web:

6 CIMI Consortium for the Computer Interchange of Museum Information –members drawn from cultural heritage organisations (not only museums) and system suppliers all over the world –aims to increase use of computer–based solutions through consensus–building work with member organisations –“To bring cultural heritage information to the widest possible audience, through the use of standards” –e.g. Z39.50 Profile for the Cultural Heritage (‘CIMI Profile’).

7 CIMI Dublin Core Testbed 17 members in Phase 1 (1998) including… –Arts & Humanities Data Service (UK) –Blue Angel Technologies (USA) –CHIN (Canada) –DSTC (Australia) –Databasix (Netherlands) –Finsiel (Italy) –Guggenheim (USA) –Joanneum (Austria) –Museum Computer Network (USA) –National Museum of Denmark (Denmark) –Natural History Museum (UK).

8 CIMI DCT Phase 1 Aims Evaluate the feasibility of using DC for the museum community Test implicit assumptions behind DC Promote international consensus on DC practices for the museum community Provide a forum for understanding and resolving the various issues Create a pool of DC records in XML for retrieval experiments.

9 CIMI DCT Phase 1 Methods Four major meetings, working groups, mailing list, web-site, activity log Test database created by Blue Angel Technologies Work with the DC user guide draft Liaison with the main DC community, Z39.50 Testbed and others (eg: ZIG).

10 CIMI DCT Phase 1 Results TYPE element is the key to interpretation of the rest of record item/collection original/surrogate event Close adherence to 1:1 model CREATOR and the ‘God Problem’ RIGHTS important Need for Physical Description.

11 CIMI DCT Phase 1 Results Over 200,000 ‘DC Simple’ records in the database pool, in XML format Analysis reveals degree of consistency / conformance Creation of records from scratch v. mapping onto an existing database Production of Cultural Heritage Annex to DC User Guide due for public release by Easter.

12 CIMI DCT Phase 2 Commencing March 1999 Add new project participants Extend sample record base introduce qualifiers and subelements open up for public testing and comment Investigate use of fully parsed RDF, rather than CIMI–developed XML syntax.

13 CIMI DCT Phase 2 Amalgamation of 3 main projects develop applications that can make use of the returned data to provide a museum-like experience map CIMI Access Points to DC Z39.50 Profile group Dublin Core Test bed IIM group. fin.


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