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Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Dublin Core Metadata Element Set

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open organization engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. DCMI's activities include work on architecture and modeling, discussions and collaborative work in DCMI Communities and DCMI Task Groups, annual conferences and workshops, standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and practices.

This metadata has hardly any influence on the ranking of your site with the search engines. It has to be said that if your pages can be archived better, they will be found more easily. And how often your site is found, the better it is for your rank. That's why we validate this metadata with almost no influence. We think that every effort you put in search engine optimization will result in better ranking and more visitors.


How to use Dublin Core Metadata


The first standard published is the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. It exists of 15 optional metadata-elements that can be randomly repeated or left out.


Why use Dublin Core metadata


The current release of "DCMI Metadata Terms" reflects editorial changes approved since December 2006, notably:

  • improved definitions, descriptive labels, and usage comments,
  • differentiation of Encoding Schemes between Syntax Encoding Schemes and Vocabulary Encoding Schemes, with clarified definitions,
  • updated references to standards maintained by the Internet Engineering Task Force and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO),
  • two new terms related to the DCMI Abstract Model [DCAM],
  • clarification in the DCMI Abstract Model that a Vocabulary Encoding Scheme is an "enumerated set of resources" (such as the DCMI Type Vocabulary, a set of classes), and
  • the specification of formal domains and ranges (and in some cases, subproperty relations) for DCMI properties.


Examples of the Dublin Core Metadata

<meta name="dc.language" CONTENT="UK">
<meta name="dc.source" CONTENT="">
<meta name="dc.relation" CONTENT="">
<meta name="dc.title" CONTENT="a title">
<meta name="dc.keywords" CONTENT="more keywords">
<meta name="dc.subject" CONTENT="the subject">
<meta name="dc.description" CONTENT="A description of the content">


Where should you add these Dublin Core Metadata tag?

You may add these meta tags to all of your webpages, so not only in the first index page. Make sure that on every page relevant meta tags are added.  Add keywords and phrases that are relevant and correspond to the text and the language on that specific page. It might be a lot of work to add specific meta tags to each page but you will notice in time that it works!

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