Building an open language archives community on the DC Foundation

Steven Bird, Gary Simons

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The Open Language Archives Community is an international partnership of institutions and individuals that is creating a worldwide virtual library of language resources. We report on the development of OLAC metadata as a specialization of Dublin Core metadata and then describe the interoperability framework in which the metadata is validated, disseminated and aggregated. We also discuss the community-centered process by which OLAC standards and practices are created and maintained. In each of these three areas, metadata, interoperability, and process, we show how OLAC began with a model that was too cumbersome to implement then found a new formulation which worked in practice. By reporting on this experience of metadata in practice, we hope to show how a specialist community can address its resource discovery needs by building on the Dublin Core foundation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetadata in Practice
Subtitle of host publicationa work in progress
EditorsDiane Hillmann, Elaine Westbrooks
PublisherChicago: ALA Editions
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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