Rescinded [2012-03-31] - TBITS 39: Treasury Board Information Management Standard, Part 1: Government On-Line Metadata Standard
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- Government On-Line Metadata Standard
- TBITS 39.1
1.4 Effective date
- November 8, 2001
1.5 Approving authority
- Treasury Board of Canada
- Chief Information Officer Branch. Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
1.7 Cross index
1.8 Other relevant [ISO] standards
- ISO 8601 Representation of dates and times
- ISO639-2 Codes for the representation of names of languages: Part 2: Alpha-3 code
1.9 Other relevant specifications
- Government of Canada Common Look and Feel Standard 6.3
- Controlled Vocabulary Standard [TBITS 39.2])
- Government of Canada Core Subject Thesaurus
- W3C Resource Description Framework [RDF]
- W3C Note Date and Time Formats [W3CDTF]
This standard adopts the Dublin Core as specified at www.dublincore.org as the core metadata standard for resource discovery. Metadata is necessary to support navigation, searching, information sharing and interoperability goals of Government On-Line. Establishing a metadata standard will ensure that, across domains and clusters and business functions, the effort that goes into assigning metadata is coordinated, cost effective and client-service focused. Adopting a metadata standard as the core which can be extended or mapped to for specific subject domains or purposes preserves high level consistency and interoperability. The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set is a set of descriptive semantic definitions. The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set was created to provide a core set of elements that could be shared across disciplines or within any type of organization needing to organize and classify information.
In accordance with Common Look & Feel Standard 6.3, all GoC web sites must use metadata to describe web resources.
The elements Title, Creator, Language, Date and Subject are mandatory. Additional Dublin Core elements such as Coverage or Relation are optional.
In accordance with Common Look and Feel Standard 7.8, the mandatory elements that make up the metadata for any given Web page must correspond to the page's official language.
Dublin Core metadata should be applied to the following resources:
- Welcome pages and Home pages (defined as the major entry point to an institution or those distinct organizational units where there is likely to be a public perception that they stand alone);
- Topics/services in high demand by the community that the institution serves (this can be based on usage statistics but may also include topical or publicized resources with potential public interest);
- Information required by the public to understand their entitlements to government assistance or obligations;
- Pages that provide an actual on-line service to the public (such as payment forms, application forms etc);
- Pages required to meet a prescribed legal or service obligation by the institution;
- Entry points to specific online services and indexes (e.g. an entry point to a legal database);
- Major formal publications (e.g. annual reports, corporate strategic plans, public policy and accountability documents etc);
- Media releases;
- Major entry points or indexes and menus to a range of closely related topics, programs or policies;
- Information about agency powers affecting the public, and manuals and other documents used in decision-making affecting the public; and
- Substantial descriptive or marketing information about institutions, their services, activities and collections.
- structured data about data used to aid the identification, description, location or use of information resources.
Software and systems acquired by the Government of Canada in order to create, edit, generate, parse, harvest, extract, index, browse, or display metadata for Web resources must support Dublin Core or be modifiable to support Dublin Core. These provisions are effective 2001-10-25.
7. Specifications (reference to external standard adopted)
This standard adopts the Dublin Core as specified at www.dublincore.org.
8. Government working group
Government On-Line Metadata Working Group
- Beaudoin, Suzanne, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Belanger, Guy, Human Resources and Development Canada
- Boyko, Ernie, Statistics Canada
- Brodeur, Jacques, Canadian Heritage
- Brodie, Nancy, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat (Chair)
- Brooks, Diane , Indian and Northern Affairs
- Brunas, Shane, Statistics Canada
- Clarke, Rachel, Indian and Northern Affairs
- Cowan, Peter, Industry Canada
- Crouse, Diane, Consulting and Audit Canada
- Curley, Sharron, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Côté, Marie-Claude, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
- Dale, Diana, Canadian Heritage
- Day, Penny, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Donoghue, Jerry, National Archives
- Dulude, Pierre, Canadian Centre for Management Development
- Fontaine, Nora, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- Gauthier, Ron, Environment Canada
- Gnassi, Bruno, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Graves, Jenifer, Canadian Centre for Management Development
- Habib, Jean, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- Herbert, Lynn, Human Resources and Development Canada
- Hill, Laurie, Statistics Canada
- Hjartarson, Fay, National Library of Canada
- Kouri, Bev, Natural Resources Canada
- Lilleniit, Roselyn, National Library of Canada
- Martin, Joan, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Saskatoon
- Miller-Gatenby, Katherine, National Library of Canada (Secretary)
- Naufal, Janice, Natural Resources Canada
- Porrett, Barbara, International Development Research Centre
- Redmond, Brian, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Seed, Gary, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Séguin, Lucie, Environment Canada
- Salloum, Colette, Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency
- Somerton, Cecil, Fisheries and Oceans
- Steele, James, Human Resources and Development Canada
- Tozer, Paula, Environment Canada
- Zeeman, Deane, Finance/Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
- Zongora, Catherine, National Archives of Canada