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Dublin Core metatdata element set approved

Press Release: NISO [October 5, 2001]

Abstract: NISO, the National Information Standards Organization and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) announce the approval by ANSI of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (Z39.85-2001).

Bethesda, Md., USA – (October 5, 2001) NISO, the National Information Standards Organization and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) announce the approval by ANSI of the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (Z39.85-2001). DCMI began in 1995 with an invitational workshop in Dublin, Ohio that brought together librarians, digital library researchers, content providers, and text-markup experts to improve discovery standards for information resources. The original Dublin Core emerged as a small set of descriptors that quickly drew global interest from a wide variety of information providers in the arts, sciences, education, business, and government sectors.

Metadata is structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use or manage an information resource. The Dublin Core was originally developed to be simple and concise, and to describe Web-based documents. The current standard defines fifteen metadata elements for resource description in a cross-disciplinary information environment. These elements are: title, subject, description, source, language, relation, coverage, creator, publisher, contributor, rights, date, type, format, and identifier.

Commenting on the approval, Stuart Weibel, Executive Director of DCMI, said: “The approval of Z39.85 formalizes a long period of consensus building representing the efforts of hundreds of people, and all participants can take pride in what this community has built.” The NISO committee was chaired by John Kunze (University of California/National Library of Medicine) and included Rebecca Guenther (Library of Congress), Marjorie Hlava (Access Innovations, Inc.), Clifford Morgan (John Wiley

&Sons Ltd.) and John Perkins (CIMI Consortium).

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative ( is an organization dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of interoperable metadata standards and developing specialized metadata vocabularies for describing resources that enable more intelligent information discovery systems. DCMI will act as the maintenance agency for the Dublin Core Metadata Element set standard.

This standard is available for free downloading or hardcopy purchase at:

About NISO:

NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the producer. For information about NISO's current standardization interests and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at

For additional information contact NISO Headquarters at (301) 654-2512. Email:

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Publication Year:2001
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:October 5, 2001
Place of Publication:Pomona, CA
Subject: Library automation -- standards
Dublin core
Record Number:9346
Last Update:2012-12-29 13:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00