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The 2021 DCMI Virtual will offer a programme of virtual, invited and moderated sessions including keynotes, expert panel discussions, tutorials, and student and member forums, which will run from October 4th, 2021 to October 15th, 2021. More details will appear soon on the main webpage for the conference Photo by Compare Fibre on Unsplash

This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, 14:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. In this presentation, we will discuss the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard for describing the data produced by surveys and other observational methods in the social, behavioral, economic, and health sciences. We will spend the bulk of our time highlighting DDI-Codebook and DDI-Lifecycle. DDI-Codebook is a more light-weight version of the standard, intended primarily to document simple survey data.

This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, 16:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for the DCMI community. About KNIME KNIME Analytics Platform is an open source software for working with all kinds of data. It uses visual workflows that are created with an intuitive, drag and drop style graphical interface, without the need for coding. One can selectively execute some or all nodes in a workflow, and inspect the results using interactive widgets and views.

After three and a half years, Paul Walk is stepping down as DCMI Managing Director. In his stead, the DCMI Governing Board has appointed Dr. Sam Oh as DCMI's new Executive Director. Tom Baker will continue in the DCMI Executive, working alongside Sam as DCMI's Technology Director. Paul would like to thank the many volunteers and participants who have displayed great enthusiasm and generosity with their time and effort to continue the proud traditions of innovation and careful curation that have characterised the Dublin Core community since the very beginning.

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th, 2020, 16:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. The W3C Data Catalogue ontology (DCAT) is a recommendation for how to publish data catalogues on the web. It can be used by itself, of form the basis of a richer application profile. Although originally focusing on open government data, the ontology and application profiles are now seeing use in a wider set of uses.

The DCMI Virtual 2020 conference will feature a tutorial presentation, "Introduction to Annif and automated subject indexing", on September 21st. For practitioners that would like to learn how to use the Annif tool on their own, there will also be a follow-up hands-on tutorial organized by the National Library of Finland together with the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ZBW. The hands-on tutorial will consist of short pre-recorded video presentations, written instructions and practical exercises that explain and introduce various aspects of Annif and its use.

Registration for DCMI Virtual 2020 is now open! DCMI Virtual will be a programme of virtual, invited and moderated sessions including keynotes, expert panel discussions, tutorials and presentations. We will make these as interactive as possible, with moderated question and answer sessions. DCMI Virtual will run from Monday September 14th 2020 to Friday 25th September 2020. The full programme is available here Because of the global nature of the DCMI community, we will run each session in one of two different timeslots, designed to allow as wide an audience as possible to participate in the overall event.

A Chinese-language webinar on "Metadata development in China", co-organized by Wuhan University, the DCMI Education Committee, and the Library Society of China, will be held on August 29, 9:00-11:00 Beijing time. The webinar, hosted by the School of Information Management at Wuhan University, will feature presentations by Lei Sa (National Library of China), Cuijuan Xia (Shanghai Library), Zhiqiang Wang (China National Institute of Standardization), Ruhua Huang (Library Society of China and Wuhan University, and Lu An (Wuhan University).

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, 20 August, 2020, 15:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. This webinar will be a tutorial on the Getty Vocabulary Program’s new OpenRefine reconciliation service for aligning data records to ULAN, AAT, and TGN, including matching terms, cleaning data, and grabbing URIs from the Vocabularies’ Linked Open Data. The first half of the presentation will be a general overview of how the service works and its benefits, and the second will focus on advanced techniques.

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2020, 15:00 UTC (convert this time to your local timezone here) and is free for DCMI members. The Wikiproject COVID-19 is working to curate and organization information about COVID-19 on Wikidata and Wikipedia. The scale and pace of a global pandemic have highlighted issues around the consistent structuring of information, such as the scope of geographically-bound statements and the time period of outbreaks, along with challenges for quickly updating information on pages across multiple languages.