MLA and JISC in the UK join DCMI Affiliate Program

The DCMI Directorate has announced that the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the further and higher education funding bodies in the UK have signed an Affiliate Agreement with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) enabling the UK to become formally involved in the continued development of the Dublin Core metadata standards. MLA and JISC are the UK's official representatives, presenting the views of all UK public sector institutions at an international level.

The Dublin Core was developed for use on the Web and in other information networks across a wide variety of subject areas, languages and economic sectors. Dublin Core has been adopted by several national governments, of which the United Kingdom is the largest. DC has been translated into 25 languages, and has participants from more than 50 countries. 

DCMI is the maintenance agency for the Dublin Core standard (ISO 15836) and is responsible for its further development, maintenance, standardization and promotion. OCLC serves as the Host for DCMI, and manages its Web site.

The signing of the UK Affiliate marks an important step forward for DCMI, and reminds us, as well, that the UK has been a leading contributor to global metadata since 1995. We look forward to their continued influence in the operation and governance of the Initiative.

More Information

DCMI Announcement

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)

For more information:

Makx Dekkers
Managing Director
Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research