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Canadian Metadata Forum , September 19 and 20, 2003
Library and Archives Canada

REMINDER - Last day for Early Bird registration is Friday September 5!
Library and Archives Canada (formerly the National Library of Canada and 
the National Archives of Canada) will host a two-day Canadian Metadata 
Forum, to be held on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, 2003 
at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

The purpose of the Forum is to bring together participants from Canadian 
metadata communities, both government and non-government, such as 
libraries, archives, museums, industry, educational institutions and 
academia. Our goal is to cover a wide spectrum of metadata applications 
such as the use of geospatial and statistical metadata, metadata for 
multimedia objects, accessibility issues related to metadata, etc. to:
       discover commonalities in approaches to improve information 
discovery using metadata;
       develop a common perspective on Canadian metadata requirements and 
uses;
       explore opportunities for leadership and coordination of metadata 
initiatives, and explore      potential Canadian leadership roles in this 
field;
       facilitate cross-fertilization and awareness of common issues among 
the different       metadata communities in Canada; and
       share information and build links between the various practitioner 
communities.

Metadata is an important tool in addressing the problem of resource 
discovery on the Web because it provides a standard way of describing 
resources. The convergence of resource description standards and 
development of enabling infrastructure promise to improve the discovery and 
management of information for Canadians.

Presentations are planned on all aspects of metadata including:
       descriptions of standards developing in different communities for 
different applications;
       discussions of challenges of interoperability between different 
types of resources; and
       examples of practical implementations leveraging the power of 
metadata for Web resource         exposure, discovery and management.

For further information, please consult the Forum's Web site, 
www.nlc-bnc.ca/metaforum/ or contact Cindy Hick at (613) 726-7111 or by 
e-mail at [log in to unmask]

Roch Carrier                                    Ian Wilson
National Librarian                              National Archivist