NISO and DCMI Partner to Provide Series of Educational Webinars in 2011

Programs to focus on metadata, interoperability, and semantic linking

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) are pleased to announce that they will be continuing their educational partnership in 2011 with three joint webinars on topics related to metadata, interoperability, and semantic linking. This partnership builds on the highly successful September 2010 NISO/DCMI webinar that drew over 350 people from more than 100 sites.
The first webinar in the series will take place on March 16, 2011 on the topic of Metadata Harmonization: Making Standards Work Together, featuring as speakers Mikael Nilsson, a PhD in media technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The second webinar on International Bibliographic Standards, Linked Data, and the Impact On Library Cataloging will take place on August 24 and the third, The RDA Vocabularies: Implementation, Extension, and Mapping, will take place on November 16.

"There is a tremendous amount of activity related to metadata and the semantic enrichment of content," said Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director. "Continuing this webinar series with DCMI will help the community to better understand these initiatives and their potential impact on information discovery and navigation. With all the interest in the semantic web, it is important that we all have a greater understanding of the standards that makes these services possible."

Thomas Baker, Chief Information Officer of DCMI added, "We are very pleased to establish this relationship with NISO, which gives us the opportunity to extend the reach of our tutorial activities to new audiences in a wide range of working contexts."

Each of the webinars in the series will take place from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time). Registration fees for the event are $89 for US- or Canadian-based members of NISO or DCMI and $104 for international members. Non-members of either organization can register for $119 for U.S. and Canadian registrants and $144 for international registrants. Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the live webinar, as well as a recorded archive of the event. Anyone who registers for all three DCMI webinars can attend the NISO June 8 webinar on Semantic Web Linking for free, equivalent to a 25% discount on the four events. A student discount is also available. More information about the webinars and registration is available by contacting the NISO office or visiting:

About NISO
NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

About DCMI
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, or DCMI, is an open organization engaged in the development of interoperable metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. DCMI's activities include work on architecture and modeling, discussions and collaborative work in DCMI Communities and DCMI Task Groups, annual conferences and workshops, standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and practices. For more information about DCMI and Dublin Core metadata please see