2017 has been a year of transition, with Stuart Sutton stepping down after six years at the helm of DCMI as its Managing Director. He has been succeeded by Paul Walk.
DCMI would like to extend its gratitude to Stuart for his tremendous service, during a challenging period. Stuart is known for his warmth and generosity, which combined have made so many people feel welcomed into the DCMI community.
Some of our community were able to contribute their personal thoughts and messages for Stuart, and we compiled these into this document, which we had printed for Stuart in a little book to serve as a memento of his time as Director. I urge you to read that to get a measure of the DCMI community's appreciation and affection for Stuart.
We are very pleased that Stuart, in his own words, "isn't going anywhere", and that he will continue to participate in our community.
On behalf of DCMI, thank you Stuart!
In 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries declared that their Word Of The Year was to be "post-truth", which they defined as:
"relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief"
This decision reflects the way in which the concept of post-truth has quickly become a widely-acknowledged phenomenon and a mainstream concern. It should be of particular concern to those, such as librarians, with a professional interest in the provision of access to accurate information.
The natural response to this issue is to press for a greater awareness of and education in information literacy, and this is certainly an important consideration. However, a wider range of technical and practical issues in knowledge organisation and information management can also be brought to bear on this.
Much of the attention and effort from the DCMI community over the last two decades has been concerned with the development of technologies and practices to use metadata to improve the precision and accuracy of information.
How should the metadata community respond to the rise of the post-truth phenomenon? Does metadata have a part to play in helping people to identify objectively accurate information?
The DCMI community ought to have a view on this and so, in order to help us develop this, we are pleased to announce that David Clarke will present and moderate a plenary session, Developing a Metadata Community Response to the Post-Truth Information Age at the DCMI 2017 conference, where delegates will have the chance to explore and discuss this issue in depth.
It is not too late to register for DCMI 2017!