Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Dublin Core

  • James CaverleeEmail author
  • Prasenjit Mitra
  • Mary Lynette Larsgaard
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_894


Dublin Core is a standardized metadata set for describing information resources like documents, videos, images, services, and other digital artifacts. Dublin Core is intended to provide a simple metadata model that can be adopted across a wide range of communities in an effort to enhance semantic interoperability. The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set has been formally endorsed by a number of standards bodies including ISO [5], NISO [7], and IETF [6].

Historical Background

In 1995, the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) co-sponsored a workshop to address the challenge of developing a common metadata set for describing networked resources [10]. The workshop was motivated in part by the explosive growth of the Web in the early 1990s and the inherent difficulty in finding Web resources. The name “Dublin” in Dublin Core derives from the location of this first workshop in Dublin, Ohio; the term “Core” refers to the...

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Recommended Reading

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    International Organization for Standardization. ISO 15836–2003 Information and Documentation – The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set; 2003.Google Scholar
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    Internet Engineering Task Force. IETF RFC 5013 – The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set; 2007.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Caverlee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Prasenjit Mitra
    • 2
  • Mary Lynette Larsgaard
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.University of California-Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Jeusfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.IITUniversity of SkövdeSkövdeSweden