Metadata, as a form of data, is recognized as a valuable asset. Metadata is a cross-cutting theme of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), supporting the global organization's mission to build “the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing and reuse of data,” (https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda).
Although there is general agreement of metadata as a valuable resource, the means by which organizations and individuals define value and view different types of metadata vary. These differences point to the need for dialogue across the RDA community, particularly given extend of metadata activities, the many efforts of the Metadata Interest Group (IG), the adoption FAIR (Findable – Accessible – Interoperable – Reusable) principles, and the newly proposed Data Properties as Economic Goods IG (Data Economics IG).
The overriding goal of the proposed joint meeting is to open dialogue on the topic of metadata as an economic good. The three key objectives are to:
Collectively discuss what ‘defines’ value for data and metadata. (We will place the discussion in the context of economics--broadly speaking.)
Share approaches to measuring value, and/or ideas for potentially measuring value. (This discussion will address challenges and proven approaches.)
Consider the topics discussed in the across the RDA, and implications for standards.
The session will be open to all RDA attendees, and bring together members from the Metadata IG, the newly proposed Data Properties as Economic Goods (Data Economics IG), Big Data IG, Vocabulary Services IG, and Research Metadata Schemas WG.