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By Alice Grant, CIMI XML
Project Manager
The CIMI Consortium (http://www.cimi.org)
is pleased to announce the public release of
Version 1.5 of the CIMI XML Schema for
SPECTRUM, and the launch of an Open
Implementers call to participate in an
Alpha Test Period.
The CIMI Schema will enable museums
to encode rich descriptive information
relating to museum objects, including
associated information about people, places
and events surrounding the history of
museum objects, as well as information
about their management and use within
museums.The CIMI Schema will be useful
for migrating data, the sharing of informa-
tion between applications, and as an inter-
change format for OAI (Open Archives
Initiative, http://www.openarchives.org)
metadata harvesting.
The CIMI Schema is based on SPEC-
TRUM, the data and collections manage-
ment standard for museum collections.
SPECTRUM was developed by mda
(http://www.mda.org.uk) and has been
widely implemented in museums interna-
tionally.
The Schema has been tested by CIMI
members and data from a variety of
museum databases have been successfully
encoded. Implementers from across the
museum and XML communities are now
invited to review and/or use the CIMI
Schema in order that it can benefit from
real-life use in projects.This Alpha Test
Period will encompass the following stages:
Stage 1: Freezing the CIMI Schema for
use during the Alpha Test Period until June
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of Version 2 of the Schema in November 2003.
The CIMI Schema and its supporting
documentation are available for downloa-
ding at: http://www.cimi.org/wg/
xml_spectrum/index.html.
Further information about the CIMI
XML Schema for SPECTRUM and its
development is available at
http://www.cimi.org/wg/xml_spectrum/
Questions about the CIMI Schema can
be addressed to the CIMI XML Project
Manager, Alice Grant,
agrant@alicegrant.com
2003, in order that implementers can make
use of a stable product and CIMI can
gather feedback from its use.
Stage 2: After June 2003, CIMI intends
to hold at least one Implementers' Forum
to evaluate feedback arising from the use
of the CIMI Schema during its first release
and to address issues regarding how the
community can manage the ongoing
extension and refinement of the CIMI
Schema in the future.
Stage 3: Review of the Schema following
the Implementers' Forum and public release
The European Council and Parliament has
adopted a Directive on Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (the `WEEE
Directive').The Directive aims to support
environmental conservation by promoting
the recovery of electrical and electronic
waste. It should result in compulsory
recycling of certain materials across
Europe.The WEEE Directive will apply to
various waste materials including IT and
telecoms equipment.
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Under the WEEE Directive, manufacturers
will be responsible for recovering electrical
and electronic waste, either on an individual
or collective basis.
The deadline for implementation of the
Directive is September 2004 and within
two years of this date collection systems
must be established so that consumers may
return their equipment easily and free of
charge to the manufacturer's designated
waste collector.