Metadata Resources

Dublin Core - DC


The Dublin Core is a metadata element set intended to facilitate discovery of electronic resources. Originally conceived for author-generated description of Web resources, it has attracted the attention of formal resource description communities such as museums, libraries, government agencies and commercial organizations.

The key characteristics of the Dublin Core are:

  • Simplicity
  • Semantic interoperability
  • International consensus
  • Extensibility
  • Modularity
The Dublin Core is positioned as a simple information resource description format. However, it also aims to provide a basis for semantic interoperability between other, often more complicated, formats. The Dublin Core benefits from active participation and promotion in some 20 countries in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Representatives of the Dublin Core effort have helped to develop the Resource Description Framework (RDF), an infrastructure that supports the coexistence of complementary, independently maintained metadata packages.

Dublin Core resources

UKOLN DC tools

  • DC-dot - a Web-based tool for creating and editing Dublin Core metadata.
  • DC-assist - a simple metadata help utility.

UKOLN DC resources

Maintained by: Andy Powell
Last updated: 01-Mar-2004

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