Bibliographic Metadata Task Group

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The Bibliographic Metadata Task Group is a re-organization and successor of the DCMI/RDA Task Group.

The Task Group leaders are Gordon Dunsire and Diane Hillmann.


To define components of current and emerging library, publishing, and related bibliographic metadata standards as RDF vocabularies for use in developing Dublin Core application profiles and semantic mappings.



Tasks identified at the 26 April 2012 meeting:

  • Task: Explore "obvious" mappings between known element sets and between value vocabularies, and identify issues, solutions, etc.
    • Action: Volunteers to contribute information about existing and developing alignments and mappings (what, who, when, etc.) to the Task Group wiki.
    • Outcome: Maps between bibliographic vocabularies

Tasks identified at the 5 September 2013 meeting:

  • Task: Monitor developments in open tools for managing extensions and refinements to bibliographic vocabularies.
    • Action: Members to inform the Group of relevant discussions and initiatives.
    • Outcome: Ongoing.


  • Task: Contribute well-formed use cases to the DCMI Architecture Forum discussion on the Dublin Core abstract model (DCAM) and the RDF Working Group discussion on named graphs, if and when the opportunity arises.
    • Action: Interested members of the Bibliographic Metadata Task Group to join the DC-ARCHITECTURE and DC-PROVENANCE mail lists and submit appropriate use cases in reponse to current and future calls. Also monitor the discussions of the RDF Working Group and the Provenance Working Group and respond to any calls for public submissions.
    • Outcome: Members of the Task Group contributed use cases and ideas to the discussion.


  • The DCMI Bibliographic Metadata Task Group will meet at DC-2013 on Thursday September 5 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal, 16.30-18.00.
  • VocDay 2013: Managing Vocabularies, the full-day session at DC-2013, will take place on Friday September 6 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • In preparation for DC-2013 in Lisbon, Portugal, the Task Group has become involved in a proposal for a full-day session. Task Group members and others interested in participating in the session are urged to look over the proposal and make comments or suggestions on the Task Group discussion list.
  • The DCMI Bibliographic Metadata Task Group held its inaugural meeting on April 26, 2012 in London. The meeting identified a number of tasks for the Group for the remainder of 2012.

Discussion List

The group will continue to use the DC-RDA mailing list, in order to retain easy access to the discussion archive. To post, use this address: DC-RDA@JISCMAIL.AC.UK.


Prior to the DC-2011 conference, the co-Chairs of the DCMI/RDA Task Group (Gordon Dunsire and Diane Hillmann) reviewed its goals and activities in the light of the changing information environment of bibliographic metadata standards, linked data, and the Semantic Web. A proposal to expand and repurpose the Group was subsequently submitted to, and accepted by, the Dublin Core Advisory Board:

The DCMI/RDA Task Group Historical Archives are still available (moved from the old DCMI wiki):

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