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Dublin Core: An Obituary

Jeffrey Beall (Catalog Librarian, Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, USA (

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



The Dublin Core Metadata Standard was conceived illegitimately, had a troubled life, and has finally met its demise. Developed as a tool for online resource discovery, the standard waned after the arrival of Google. Because its fields were designed with a lack of specificity, Dublin Core suffered from nonstandard data elements and poor interoperability. Also, the poor organization behind the initiative contributed to its failure. Dublin Core will likely soon be replaced by an emerging standard, the Metadata Object Description Schema.



Beall, J. (2004), "Dublin Core: An Obituary", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 21 No. 8, pp. 40-41.



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