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Thomas Baker <[log in to unmask]>

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Thomas Baker <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 25 Jan 2000 16:43:48 +0100 (MET)

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Dear all,

Now that everyone has recovered from year-end celebrations and settled
into the routine of the new millenium, I would like to send you all the
revised (and final) minutes of the meeting on Dublin Core in multiple
languages in Frankfurt.  Many thanks to those of you who sent me
corrections and additions.

Jose, Yuri, Shigeo, Hachim, Hans, Amine, and Olga: please take note of
the tasks for which you have volunteered and begin perhaps to contact
your colleagues about how to proceed.

As you know, the DCMI is currently going through the first in what we
expect will be an ongoing process of voting to assess the
interoperability qualifiers proposed by element working groups after
DC-7.  This continues to take much of my time, and will do so until we
see this process through to a conclusion next month.

I recently heard from Olga about some new Dublin Core activities in
Ukraine and have encouraged her to post an update.  And the MMI-DC
workshop is meeting today in Brussels (unfortunately I could not
attend), about which I look forward to hearing more.  Anyone else with
news or announcements, please feel free.

All the best to you all in the new year,

Tom

P.S. I have Cc'd this message to Marc Kuester and John Clews from
CEN/TC304 who are also interested in these issues.

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                            Meeting of the 
                      Working Group for Dublin Core 
                          in Multiple Languages


Location:  The 7th Dublin Core Metadata Workshop
           Die Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt
Date    :  Tuesday, 26 October 1999
Convenor:  Thomas Baker <[log in to unmask]>

Minutes :  21 January 2000 (final version)


Present: 

Miroslav Bartosek <[log in to unmask]>
Olga Barysheva <[log in to unmask]>
Hans Becker <[log in to unmask]>
Amine Bensaid <[log in to unmask]>
Jose Borbinha <[log in to unmask]>
Ian Campbell-Grant <[log in to unmask]>
Hsueh-hua Chen <[log in to unmask]>
Eric Childress <[log in to unmask]>
Robina Clayphan <[log in to unmask]>
Yuri Demchenko <[log in to unmask]>
Edward Fox <[log in to unmask]>
Stefan Gradmann <[log in to unmask]>
Hisakazu Hada <[log in to unmask]>
Hachim Haddouti <[log in to unmask]>
Knut Hegna <[log in to unmask]>
Noriko Kando <[log in to unmask]>
Sarantos Kapidakis <[log in to unmask]>
Sung Hyuk Kim <[log in to unmask]>
Mitsuharu Nagamori <[log in to unmask]>
Jagtar Singh <[log in to unmask]>
Shigeo Sugimoto <[log in to unmask]>
Hanna Voskresenska <[log in to unmask]>
Anne-Marie Vercoustre <[log in to unmask]>

Other guests:

Mohamad El-Saadi <[log in to unmask]>

Overview:

Tom Baker summarized activities of the Working Group for Dublin Core in
Multiple Languages (DC-ML) over the past two years [1].  A position
paper discussed in 1998 has led to the development of a prototype
RDF-based registry of Dublin Core schemas in multiple languages and a
formal proposal for a registry for DCMI [2,3].

Discussion focused on how the Working Group should proceed (as a
Working Group or Interest Group); on the registry proposal and related
issues such as versioning; and on the identification of work items.
Group decisions were presented the following day to the Workshop as a
whole [4].

Issues and decisions:

1) Working Group or Interest Group?

    In the DCMI context, Working Groups are constituted for the
    purpose of carrying out work plans (e.g., to produce technical
    or policy documents); Interest Groups, in contrast, are formed
    around ongoing issues of interest and may or may not have
    specific technical deliverables.

    We decided to change the status of DC-ML to that of an Interest
    Group, even though several deliverables were defined (see below).
    The new name of the group would be Interest Group for Dublin 
    Core in Multiple Languages.

    Jose Borbinha will join Tom Baker as co-host of the mailing
    list.

    Deliverable: Note to DC Directorate on DC-ML status
    Due date:    Soon.
    Action:      Tom Baker, Jose Borbinha

2) Internationalization (I18N) issues

    Until now, the scope of DC-ML has been "Dublin Core schemas
    (i.e., semantics) in multiple languages" and not technical
    issues of I18N per se (e.g., character encoding sets and
    transliteration policies).  It was decided to broaden this
    scope by developing an I18N framework for DCMI based on the
	internationalisation framework recommended by IETF in RFC
    2130 and RFC 2277, which are widely implemented in industry.

    Deliverable: I18N Framework for Dublin Core
    Due date:    Sometime before the next DC workshop
    Action:      Yuri Demchenko, Shigeo Sugimoto, Hachim Haddouti

3) Formal recognition and standardization

    The DCMI currently has no procedure for evaluating or giving
    official recognition to DC schemas in other languages.  It was
    decided to constitute a committee to examine the relevant
    issues and develop recommendations.  Relevant questions
    include:  Should official versions of Dublin Core elements and
    qualifiers reside at the DCMI Web site or on national servers?
    What is the role of other national or regional standardization
    authorities?  Should each country or language have an official
    designated maintenance agency?  How could the DCMI review the
    candidate agencies and DC schemas for quality and institutional
    commitment?  What tasks should such agencies be expected to
    undertake?

    Deliverable: Recommendations on formal recognition and standardization
    Due date:    Sometime before the next DC workshop.
    Action:      Hans Becker, Amine Bensaid, Olga Barysheva

4) Survey of Dublin Core usage in multiple languages 

    Through email, Tom Baker has kept track of Dublin-Core-related
    activities (especially schema development) in many countries, but
    there is a need now for a more structured and detailed survey of
    existing technical implementations of Dublin Core in various
    languages with examples and links to sites and applications.  This
    survey can provide important input and feedback to the implementers
    of the DCMI registry.  The survey will target discovering technical
    problems of multiple- and cross-language implementation of DC with
    the goal of developing Guidelines for Best I18N Practice for Dublin
    Core.  It would also be desirable to compile a list of technical
	contacts of implementers.

    Deliverable: Survey of Dublin Core usage in multiple languages 
    Due date:    Sometime in the next few months
    Action:      Yuri Demchenko, Hans Becker

5) A Registry for Dublin Core elements and qualifiers

    A proposal is under discussion in the DCMI for an RDF-based
    registry of Dublin Core elements and qualifiers [3]; Shigeo
    Sugimoto and Mitsuharu Nagamori of ULIS are working on a
    prototype interface [2]; Eric Miller is working on basic
    software tools for handling RDF schemas [5]; Tom Baker, Makx
    Dekkers, and Rachel Heery will work on related issues in an
    EU-funded project, SCHEMAS; and Hans Becker has an ongoing related
    project, MetaForm [6].  Discussion of the registry proposal
    began in the Advisory Committee but will continue in a new
    Registry Working Group.  Policy and software development will
    be discussed as two related but separate issues.

    Deliverable: Proposal for a Registry Working Group
    Due date:    Soon.
    Action:      Tom Baker

6) Other issues for discussion on the mailing list

    a) Tom Baker summarized alternative ways under discussion for
       versioning Dublin Core elements and qualifiers [1].  These
       alternatives all have implications for the nature of DC-ML
       activities.  The Advisory Committee will formally select one of
       these alternatives within the next few months.  Tom will
       inform the DC-ML mailing list about the status of the versioning
       proposal to the AC.

    b) We do not have a consistent and intuitively understandable
       vocabulary for talking about Dublin Core elements and qualifiers
       in languages other than English.  When are they translations,
       versions, instantiations, or manifestations? [7]

    c) Should the shared tokens for global DCMI elements and qualifiers
       embedded in metadata records resemble English words,
       pronouncable strings, or merely numbers?  Why does it matter?

References

[1] http://www.ddb.de/partner/dc7conference/results/dc7-ml2.index.htm
[2] http://mhtml.ulis.ac.jp/~nagamori/DCML/
[3] http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/dc-international/1999-10/0000.html
[4] http://www.ddb.de/partner/dc7conference/results/dc7-ml1.index.htm
[5] http://rdf.dev.oclc.org/myrdf/
[6] http://www2.sub.uni-goettingen.de/metaform
[7] http://www.dlib.org/dlib/december98/12baker.html

_______________________________________________________________________________
Dr. Thomas Baker                                            [log in to unmask]
GMD Library
Schloss Birlinghoven                                           +49-2241-14-2352
53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany                              fax +49-2241-14-2619


_______________________________________________________________________________
Dr. Thomas Baker                                            [log in to unmask]
GMD Library
Schloss Birlinghoven                                           +49-2241-14-2352
53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany                              fax +49-2241-14-2619



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