With regard to DCAM, it would be particularly interesting to verify
whether I have accurately characterized the view of the DCAM authors -
and of those who have an alternative vision of what DCAM is, or could
Would anyone like to argue for the "meta-model" approach?
On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 04:57:11PM -0400, Thomas Baker wrote:
> In 2010, DCMI undertook a critical review of the DCAM approach .
> Discussion of the review at a joint meeting of the DCMI Architecture Forum and
> the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group at DC-2010  revealed a striking
> lack of consensus about the meaning -- and value -- of the DCAM approach. Some
> discussants agreed with its authors in seeing the DCAM as an abstract syntax
> for metadata records based on, and thus mappable to, RDF. Others, however, saw
> the potential value of DCAM as a "meta-model" describing the components of
> metadata descriptions at a high level of abstraction, independently of any
> basis in RDF .
> As written, the DCAM is clearly framed as the former -- i.e., as the basis for
> automating the creation of validatable metadata records whose contents can
> straightforwardly be exposed as RDF triples. Attaining such degrees of
> interoperability and automation implies a well-defined modeling basis, and the
> authors of DCAM saw RDF as the only candidate model with any traction.
> Proponents of the "DCAM as meta-model" view, in contrast, felt that the model
> had value independently of RDF -- i.e., that the notion of "statements" grouped
> into "descriptions" and enclosed within a "description set" are valid in the
> absence of RDF's grammar of properties, classes, datatypes, and statements.
> Whatever the merits of this latter view, it was clear that to define DCAM as a
> meta-model independently of RDF, the base specification would need to be
> extensively re-written.
>  http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/Review_of_DCMI_Abstract_Mode
>  http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/F2F_Pittsburgh
>  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-lld/2010Oct/0098.html