One decade into its expansion, the World-Wide Web is reaching ever-broader circles of society, transforming how people learn about our rapidly-changing world.  A window onto a wealth of cultural resources, the Web is emerging as the locus of our collective memory, with profound consequences for the future of "cultural memory" institutions.

Metadata based on standards such as Dublin Core are a key component in the construction of Web-based repositories and e-learning environments in institutions such as universities, museums, government agencies, and libraries.  DC-2006 -- the sixth in a series of conferences previously held in Tokyo (2001), Florence (2002), Seattle (2003), Shanghai (2004), and Madrid (2005) -- will be held this year in Colima, Mexico, 3-6 October 2006.

DC-2006 will cover a full range of topics related to standards and technologies for metadata.  This year, the conference theme is "Metadata for Knowledge and Learning".  This theme promises to be of particular interest to several distinct communities of practice:

Conference papers and workshop proposals are welcome on a wide range of topics, such as:

  1. Metadata profiles for e-learning applications
  2. Metadata for knowledge and cultural memory environments
  3. Controlled vocabulary for content descriptions
  4. Corporate enterprise metadata and taxonomy
  5. Metadata accessibility
  6. Moving thesaurus to the semantic web
  7. Community-driven vocabulary development
  8. The impact of social bookmarking on a metadata landscape
  9. Business model for educational metadata
  10. Vocabulary registries and registry services
  11. Innovative metadata services
  12. Metadata quality evaluation metrics
  13. Automatic generation of metadata

The Program Committee wishes to request contributions of the following types:

All accepted papers must be presented at the conference by at least one of their authors.

The paper submission process should regard the following:

  1. All papers must be in English or in Spanish.
  2. All papers must be original contributions, i.e., not have been previously published or currently under review for publication elsewhere.
  3. All papers will be peer-reviewed by the program committee and published both in print and electronically in the conference proceedings.
  4. All accepted papers must be presented at the conference by at least one of their authors, who has to be registered before 15 July.
  5. Papers must be sent full-text in PDF or DOC format, conforming to this style template.

Deadlines and important dates

     Papers submission:             15 April 2006

     Acceptance notification:     15 June 2006

     Camera-ready copy due:      15 July 2006

Conference language

The official language of the conference is English, but we will provide simultaneous interpretation (English-Spanish) for keynote presentations, tutorials, and plenary sessions.