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Dublin Core Conference 2003

Just saw the call for papers for the 2003 Dublin Core Conference(Seattle, WA) that will be held September 29 - October 2, 2003.

XML Resources

Ronald Bourret has written and spoken extensively on the topic of XML. I stumbled on this website which is chock full of XML related resources. I thought it was a pretty good place to start for XML projects you may be starting.

Ronald Bourret's XML Links

Aspen Magazine Online

Aspen Magazine makes it's online debut.

This is a web version of Aspen, a multimedia magazine of the arts originally published from 1965 to 1971. Each issue of Aspen was delivered to subscribers in a box, which contained a variety of media: printed matter in different formats, phonograph recordings, and even a reel of Super-8 film. This website is a work in progress: it currently includes issues 1 through 9 in their entirety; issue number 10 will be added later.

MS Office 11 & XML

Just found this press release off of the site. I thought it would be of interest to folks out there who do xml and IA...the release mentions front page and visio.

Microsoft XML Architect and Co-Creator of W3C's XML 1.0 Standard To Unveil XML Vision for "Office 11" at XML Conference & Exposition

ZING Initiative at LOC: v1.0 SRW & CQL

The ZING Initiative (Z39.50 International Next Generation), under the auspices of the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency at the Library of Congress, is pleased to announce Version 1.0 of SRW and CQL.

SRW ("Search/Retrieve for the Web") is a web-service-based protocol which aims to integrate access across networked resources, and to promote interoperability between distributed databases by providing a common platform. The underpinnings of the protocol are formed by bringing together more than 20 years experience from the collective implementers of the Z39.50 protocol with recent developments in the web-technologies arena. SRW features both SOAP and URL-based access mechanisms (SRW and SRU respectively) to provide for a wide range of possible clients. It uses CQL, the Common Query Language, which provides a powerful yet intuitive means of formulating searches. The protocol mandates the use of open and industry-supported standards XML and XML Schema, and where appropriate, Xpath and SOAP.

The SRW Initiative recognizes the importance of Z39.50 (as currently defined and deployed) for business communication, and focuses on getting information to the user. SRW provides semantics for searching databases containing metadata and objects, both text and non-text. Building on Z39.50 semantics enables the creation of gateways to existing Z39.50 systems while reducing the barriers to new information providers, allowing them to make their resources available via a standard search and retrieve service.

SRW, SRU, and CQL have been developed by an international team, minimizing cross-language pitfalls and other potential internationalization problems.

The ZING, SRW, and CQL home pages are at:,, and
The Z39.50 Maintenance Agency home page is at

The SRW and CQL version 1.0 specifications will remain stable for a six- to nine-month implementation-experience period. During this period developers are encouraged to implement the specification (see the implementors page at, join the list of implementors, participate in interoperability testing, and help develop the next version, 1.1. Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions to

The Infrastructures of Digital Design

The Infrastructures of Digital Design: Thinking/Building/Living
University of California, San Diego
Friday, January 31st – Sunday, February 2nd, 2003

UK Government & Metadata

Quick article on UK Government's use of metadata and thesaurus to support information management and organization.

"Keeping an eye on metadata" by Glyn Moody, August 8, 2002 from CW360.

Forrester Report: When Can Web Analytics Drive Design?

Forrester has an interesting "Brief" on tools to help drive the design of websites. Membership may be required.

"Complex site redesigns require input from multiple sources. But for focused design changes, data gathered from analytics tools may be enough to make a reliable call. "

Business Taxonomy

Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business are in the process of developing a business taxonomy to describe business management education.

Mentioned in, "E-learning alliance bears fruit"

"The two schools have developed a taxonomy to catalogue and map the types of material that the schools have developed. The two libraries and information technology groups were instrumental in this. "We're sharing 100 per cent of the learning and the process knowledge," says Mr Fogel."

Seybold SF 2002

Thought many of you would be interested in the various topics that will be presented at Seybold SF 2002. Sounds like there will be lots of information on taxonomy, metadata, and of course, content management.

September 9-12, 2002 | San Francisco Moscone Center

HBS Working Knowledge: A Toolkit for Customer Innovation

It seems almost counterintuitive. But this Harvard Business Review excerpt by Harvard Business School professor Stefan Thomke and MIT's Eric von Hippel suggests that you stop listening closely to your customers—and instead give them tools for creating their own products.

A Toolkit for Customer Innvoation is an interesting article on empowering customers with tools to create innovative products. Just a new perspective for getting the customers exactly what they want. First glance, it's really supply chain management oriented, but the techniques mentioned can definitely be applied in other venues.

CIO Article: Metrics Report on Web Spending

A recent Jupiter report says companies are shifting their
Web development efforts from external customer-facing
applications to internal management applications.

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