The Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking participants that gathered in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico, from 3-6 October 2006, during the Dublin Core and Metadata Applications International Conference (CD-2006), after discussing the level of development of projects that involve metadata and vocabularies in the Iberian peninsula and Latin America, and considering:
That the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking community is comprised of over 400 million people worldwide, and knowledge management schemes, among which metadata constitute a fundamental component, deserve special consideration,
That the fact that the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities could join the use of metadata is a process that must be dealt with, understood, studied and encouraged,
Suggest the following COURSES OF ACTION
To stimulate discussion about these subjects among the Iberian and Latin American communities with the use of the DCMI-ES discussion list: DCMI-ESISTSERV.REDIRIS.ES and to encourage participation by reactivating such a list and by identifying in this list those that showed interest during the DC-2006 conference.
To produce an inventory and/or system aimed at registering and diagnosing the initiatives being developed and the projects being carried out in this region.
To present the results of the Manzanillo meeting by means of papers and reports given at as many forums as possible, in addition to regional and local meetings.
To receive the feedback provided via e-mail or the website by the Spanish and Portuguese speakers that attended the DC conference for the first time. To suggest DCMI that, at future conferences, the following be done:
Sessions should be labelled according to the participants’ level of expertise required (experts, intermediates, beginners).
Sessions for Spanish and Portuguese speakers should continue to be held, and emphasis should be placed on practical cases.
Working groups according to regions or common languages should be established.
A meeting/activity prior to the DC conference (similar to those held at the conferences of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), intended for those attending the DC conference for the first time, should be planned.
The culture of the use of metadata should be promoted by means of face-to-face and distance courses.
Strategic collaboration with other specialties and disciplines should be sought. These must include, naturally, computer and telematics departments, but also experts in disciplinary information systems that involve metadata, such as eGovernment, eEducation, spatial data infrastructure, digital files, management of knowledge, etc.
A portal linked to http://es.dublincore.org should be created. This portal should include, among other things, success stories, frequently asked questions, as well as a directory or list of experienced agencies willing to provide guidance.
The development of projects that belong to the “Testbed” category should be promoted.
UNIVERSITY OF COLIMA
METADATA: ONLINE COURSE FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN . IT SHALL BEGIN ON 26 FEBRUARY 2007 .
Invitation to present the results of Manzanillo's DC2006 conference at the CRICS meeting to be held in Cartagena de Índias , Colombia (July 2007).
To include a Metadata session in the OPEN ACCESS conference
To promote the creation of a metadata community in the country.
At each presentation, to provide the community of librarians with information concerning what metadata are and what they are useful for.
To promote the use of Metadata by means of “Connexion”, first beginning with OCLC users and prospects.
To collaborate by sponsoring events connected with Metadata.
Roster of Chilean projects (a survey will be circulated)
UNDERTAKINGS OF CUDI ATTENDEES
To bring the synthesis of DC2006 to the members of CUDI