I, until extremely recently, despised Dublin Core. Hated it more than tricksy hobbitses. I felt dumb using it, not in a “boy, I’m not using this properly” way, but in a “boy, this is only allowing me to write dumb stuff” way. It seemed like an attempt to dumb down data for lazy people, and it didn’t work for that, because there is no way to out-lazy lazy.
But page 234 of the Miller text set me back on track, and I am amazed at my new discovery as two young men from San Dimas introduced to time travel. Dublin Core works really well as the last resort for metadata transfer. It has the knack of being a “switching language” or “pidgin.” These languages get business done in a friendly, “no-worries” fashion. It understands that everyone here is a bit of a tourist, and if we can all be most excellent to each other, then that would not be heinous. Simple communication always beats none at all.