Eric Childress elected Chair of Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Governing Board
OCLC Research Consulting Project Manager Eric Childress was elected to the position of DCMI Governing Board Chair-Elect in October 2013, and transitioned to become Chair in October 2014 at the DCMI Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) is a global community that has played key roles in the development of best practices in metadata modeling, design and implementation since 1995. The DCMI community has developed and maintains some of the major languages of description used on the Web and in systems.
DCMI's principles of operation are open consensus building, international scope and participation, neutrality of purpose and business models, neutrality of technology, and a cross disciplinary focus. DCMI is a project of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is supported through membership programs for both individuals and organizations.
The DCMI Governing Board manages the affairs of DCMI. The DCMI Governing Board Chair is responsible for chairing the Governing Board and the DCMI Executive Committee, as well as presiding over the DCMI.
A librarian with a strong interest in metadata standards and systems, Eric brings a deep knowledge of metadata standards and practices and a strong knowledge of the cultural heritage metadata landscape to the role as DCMI Governing Board Chair. Active in the Dublin Core beginning with his invitational presentation at the DC-3: CNI/OCLC Workshop on Metadata for Networked Images in 1996, Eric has served as a chair or member of numerous Dublin Core committees, including his longstanding role as Chair of the Outreach Committee of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. In addition to currently serving as Chair of the DCMI Governing Board, Eric is also a member of the DCMI Advisory Board and the @dublincore Twitter editorial team.
In his role as Consulting Project Manager with OCLC Research, Eric provides project management support for OCLC Research projects and participates as a team member and subject matter expert on various OCLC research and product-related activities focused on metadata, controlled vocabularies, and classification. His work at OCLC also includes providing technical expertise for OCLC's metadata crosswalk service, serving as a member of the FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) research team and participating in OCLC's linked data work.