Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: Beyond the Element Set


The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) had its origins at a time when the World Wide Web was in its infancy. Over 15 years ago, in October of 1994, a hallway conversation took place at the 2nd Annual World Wide Web conference in Chicago. This discussion centered around the need for infrastructure to enable discovery of resources on the then nascent Web, despite the fact that it only included approximately “500,000 addressable objects” at the time. A few months later, a workshop was held to discuss a very basic metadata format for describing resources on the Web, and thus DCMI was born.

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