The Dublin Core Metadata Registry is designed to
promote the discovery and reuse of properties, classes, and
other types of metadata terms. It provides an up-to-date
source of authoritative information about DCMI metadata
terms and related vocabularies. The registry aids in
the discovery of terms and their definitions and shows
relationships between terms.
The registry also provides some translations of definitions
and usage comments into other languages. Please note
that these translations have been made primarily by
volunteers in the context of the DCMI Localization and
Internationalization Community. Inasmuch they have
not undergone any formal review by DCMI and may indeed be
based on versions that are out-of-date, the translations
are best used at one's own risk and in conjunction with
the official definitions in English.
The reuse of existing metadata terms is essential to standardization, and promotes greater interoperability
between metadata element sets. The discovery of existing terms is an essential, and prerequisite, step in this process.
This application promotes the wider adoption, standardization and interoperability of metadata by facilitating its
discovery, and reuse, across diverse disciplines and communities of practice.
This application, developed by the OCLC Office of Research
in cooperation with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Registry Community, is currently being hosted by
the Resource Center for Knowledge Communities at the
University of Tsukuba as a collaborative service for
the DCMI community.
The registry was developed and continues to be available
from DCMI as an open-source project, built entirely with
open-source and open-standards software.
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