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British Computer Society
Electronic & Multimedia Publishing Specialist Group
Wednesday 10 March 1999 (10.00-5.30)
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies
Russell Square, London WC1
Metadata plays a crucial role in the identification, retrieval, and
management of all digital assets. Yet this vital feature of the emerging
electronic information landscape - the virtual space that we will all soon
inhabit - has for a long time remained largely unknown, disregarded, and
misunderstood. However, now there is a growing consensus amongst
information professionals of all backgrounds that metadata matters.
Generations of librarians have used metadata to catalogue collections of
non-electronic materials. It is thanks to the existence of such catalogues
that any of us can find a book, compact disk, or video in our local public
library in a matter of minutes rather than days, and with a minimum of
foreknowledge or expertise. Although it is less clear if or how one should
catalogue a multimedia CD-ROM or database, let alone an interactive
electronic journal, or even an entire web site, developments with Digital
Object Identifiers (DOI) are beginning to make such an approach possible.
The growing ubiquity of the Internet is encouraging the creation and
distribution of a range of new digital resources - electronic texts,
images, audio, and video files - each of which presents new problems when
considering the assertion of intellectual property rights, implementing
charging models, access restrictions, and the like. Here again, metadata
matters and DOI has a role to play.
This meeting is intended to look at as many aspects of this fundamental
topic as possible - including DOI, the Dublin Core, RDF (Resource
Description Framework) - bringing together expert speakers from a range of
disciplines and industries, to present their experiences of creating and
exploiting electronic metadata. The meeting should be of interest to
anyone concerned with the development and use of digital assets, and will
provide a vital forum for the interchange of ideas and expertise.
* Mark Bide, Mark Bide and Associates, will give an 'Introduction to
Metadata' - What is metadata, why do we need it and why is it suddenly
* Dave Beckett, University of Kent, will discuss 'Metadata and the Web'.
* Carola Boehm, University of Glasgow, will talk on 'Metadata and the
* Dan Greenstein, Arts and Humanities Data Service, will consider
'Metadata for Cross-Domain Resource Discovery'.
* Rachel Heery, UKOLN, will discuss 'Metadata in Libraries'.
* Ray Lester, Natural History Museum, will talk about 'Museums and
* Cliff Morgan, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, will discuss 'Metadata in
Publishing: Implementing the Dublin Core and other Schemes'
* Sally Morris, Association of Learned and Professional Society
Publishers, will consider 'Metadata and Rights'.
* Godfrey Rust, Data Definitions, will talk about 'Metadata Convergence
* David Thomas and Meg Sweet, Public Record Office, will talk about
'Metadata in Archives: the Experiences of the PRO.
To register for the seminar, complete and return the registration form
available for download from:
(Any enquiries should be sent to: BCS Electronic & Multimedia Publishing
Specialist Group 30 Edgerton Road, Huddersfield HD3 3AD. Tel: 01484
519462; Fax: 01484 451396; email: [log in to unmask])
The fees are given below and include refreshments and lunch. Seminar fees,
but not the membership fee, are subject to VAT at 17.5%. If you join the
EMP Group using the attached form, then you may claim the members' rate
for attending the meeting. A VAT receipt will be provided. Cancellations
must be received in writing not less than 14 days before the seminar, but
substitutions can be made at any time. If you wish to be invoiced, there
will be an additional charge of 10pounds plus VAT to cover administrative
The fees are:
50 + VAT for members of the group
100 + VAT for non-members
25 + VAT for student members
Membership fees (until April 2000 - no VAT):
BCS members 22
Students 5 (need evidence of student status)
Hard copy leaflets will shortly be sent to Group members, but the above
details and information about previous meetings can be found on the Group
web site at:
David Penfold (Administrator, BCS EMPSG)
David Penfold, Edgerton Publishing Services
30 Edgerton Road, Huddersfield HD3 3AD, UK
Tel 01484 519462; Fax 01484 451396; Mobile 0850 058544
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