With a Focused Intent: Evolution of DCMI as a Research Community

Jihee Beak, Richard P. Smiraglia


The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) has played a pivotal role in developing
and nurturing a metadata domain. DCMI’s conference has become an international venue for metadata
researchers and professionals. The purpose of this study is to discover the epistemological
consensus and social semantics, if any, of a metadata domain based in DCMI conferences. Specifically,
we will identify the patterns of emergent and evolving themes over time. To do so we use bibliometric
tools including co-word analysis and author co-citation analysis of the DCMI conferences from 2001-2012.
The results show a domain with an underlying teleology (Dublin Core metadata) and with social semantics,
represented by semantic coherence in the use of terms. Social semantics also demonstrates shared
epistemology as revealed by the co-citation perceptions of the domain. The domain clearly has a
focused intent, albeit with a limited focus. User groups are missing from the domain’s definition
as it emerges in this analysis. Also, there is much room for the domain to nurture so-far under-represented
research topics.

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