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MCN 2003 in Las Vegas is the place to be this year to learn about metadata
and standards in the museum, archive, and multimedia library field.
Complete conference schedule, including full descriptions of these sessions
and on-line registration at

Metadata and Standards Sessions and Workshops

Thursday Nov.6

Archiving Digital Assets: Conceptual Frameworks & New Media Metadata
Moderator: Guenter Waibel, RLG

Descriptive Metadata for Digital Collections
Moderator:  Mary W. Elings, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Cataloguing Cultural Objects: A New Tool for Descriptive Cataloguing
Presented by the Visual Resources Association
Moderator: Layna White San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Friday  Nov.7

The Getty's Los Angeles Electronic Cataloguing Initiative (1997 - 2002)
Lessons Learned
Moderator: Ann Schneider, Ann Schneider Consulting

Realistic Data Standards: Balancing Technology Standards and User
Information Needs
Moderator: Sam Hastings, University of North Texas

Internet Portal Project: A Tool for Provenance Education and Outreach
Moderator:  Erik Ledbetter, American Association of Museums

Beyond Digital Imaging: Digital Audio and Digital Video
A double panel sponsored by the Digital Media SIG and the Standards &
Controlled Vocabulary SIG

Session 1: Digital Audio
Moderator: Richard Urban, Colorado Digitization Program

Session 2: Digital Video
Moderator: Guenter Waibel, RLG

Saturday, Nov.8

Workshop:  Getting Started With XML     *Registration deadline extended
until October 15th*
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
in conjunction with MCN 2003 Las Vegas

Eric Lease Morgan, Head, Digital Access and Information
Architecture Department, University Libraries of Notre Dame. Eric Morgan in
an experienced instructor in this area as well as the principal of
Infomotions, Inc., which offers consulting and programming services to help
clients make better use of their information assets.

Designed for information professionals in the cultural heritage community,
this workshop employs numerous examples, demonstrations, and structured,
hands-on exercises in a computer lab setting to acquaint participants with
XML (eXtensible Markup Language). Topics in this day-long event include
adding value to electronic texts, creating archival finding aids, and
implementing standards-compliant Web pages. The $150 fee covers the full
day, including a 75-page workbook.

By the close of the workshop you will have acquired a thorough introduction
to XML and be able to
- articulate why XML is important for museums and libraries,
- list the six rules governing the syntax of XML documents,
- create your very own XML markup language,
- write XML documents using a plain text editor and validate them using a
Web browser,
- apply page layout and typographical techniques to XML documents using
cascading style sheets,
- create simple XML documents using a number of XML standards.

What you learn in this workshop will enable you to evaluate uses of XML for
making your institution's data and information more accessible to people as
well as computers.

Please register before October 15th at to secure
a seat - space in the lab is limited, and seats are going fast! For more
information on the workshop and the MCN annual conference in general,
please see

Co-Sponsored by RLG
Founded as the Research Libraries Group in 1974, RLG ( is a
not-for-profit membership corporation of universities, national libraries,
archives, and other memory institutions with remarkable collections for
research and learning. RLG and its members collaborate on projects that
bring these collections online, help deliver them around the world, and
support their preservation in digital form. Headquartered in Mountain View,
California, RLG also has an office in New York City.

GŁnter Waibel
Program Officer/RLG
**Until October 3, 2003**
1200 Villa Street. Mountain View CA 94041 USA
**Beginning October 6, 2003**
2029 Stierlin Court, Suite 100, Mountain View, CA  94043 USA
Phone (now and then): 650-691-2304