Metadata IG

IG

Group details

Chair(s): 
Keith Jeffery, Rebecca Koskela, Alex Ball
Case Statement: 
 

 


Status: Recognised & Endorsed

The Metadata IG will concern itself with all aspects of metadata for research data.  In particular it will attempt to coordinate the efforts of the WGs concerned with metadata to produce a coherent approach to metadata covering metadata modalities of description, restriction, navigation, provenance, preservation and the use of metadata for the purposes discovery, contextualisation, validation, analytical processing, simulation, visualisation and interoperation.  It will also liaise with the other WGs especially Data Foundation and Terminology, PIDs, Standardisation of data categories and codes and Data Citation.  This IG activity relates to data management policies and plans of research organisations and researchers, and to policies and standards of research funders and of research communities which may or may not be official standards.

The metadata IG will organise itself through online meetings and face-to-face meetings of members of the IG present at RDA Plenary events.  It is proposed that – while membership is open to any RDA registered member – key members will be the leaders of the WGs concerned with metadata.  In order to get the renovated IG working I volunteer to initiate this activity but would expect elections and handover to someone else after an initial period.

Metadata Principles - Created and endorsed by all the RDA metadata groups

  1. The only difference between metadata and data is mode of use
  2. Metadata is not just for data, it is also for users, software services, computing resources
  3. Metadata is not just for description and discovery; it is also for contextualisation (relevance, quality, restrictions (rights, costs)) and for coupling users, software and computing resources to data (to provide a  VRE)
  4. Metadata must be machine-understandable as well as human understandable for autonomicity (formalism)
  5. Management (meta)data is also relevant (research proposal, funding, project information, research outputs, outcomes, impact…)

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Current Activity

RDA Plenary 9 Barcelona Breakout 3 - 16:00 Joint session of IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Data in Context

Summary:

The focus of the joint meeting of the Metadata Groups was the Metadata Standards Catalog and the activity to develop a standard canonical set of metadata elements.

The Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group (MSCWG) is working on the next generation of the RDA Metadata Standards Directory,[ and is scheduled to deliver the new Catalog in mid-2017. Alex Ball explained how the group is evolving and migrating the data from one to the other, and gave a demonstration of the current version of the Catalog. Among the improvements are a dynamic search interface, a richer subject classification, and an API for automated access. A transcript of the demonstration is available on the MSCWG wiki.

The Metadata Interest Group has been developing a set of metadata elements over the past few plenaries. The set of metadata elements is intended to specify the information that systems need in order to satisfy the use cases collected by the Data in Context Interest Group. This set could be used to characterize existing metadata schemes and facilitate mappings among them. By Plenary 8, the group had identified 17 high-level elements. Keith Jeffery explained that the next step was to 'unpack' these general elements, and produce lists of sub-elements that more closely resemble how the elements might be represented in a real metadata scheme. He demonstrated by providing a decomposition of spatial coordinates. Rebecca Koskela then led the group in tackling the rest of the list; the results of the activity can be viewed on Google Docs. These initial lists will be refined over the course of the next six months in a series of teleconferences. If you would like to be involved, please check the Metadata Interest Group mailing list for details of when and how to join the calls.
 

Metadata Standards Directory:

The RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group supports a collaborative, open directory of metadata standards applicable to scientific data. Additions or updates to the directory can be made here.  

 

Metadata Element Set:

The metadata groups intend to recommend the following metadata element set. Please note that each element needs 'unpacking' to get to something recognizable and actionable by a computer. The comments from the P9 session in Barcelona are listed for each element.

As noted above, these are elements, not single-valued attributes.  Most will have internal syntax (structure) and use of terms that require declared semantics. Also it is not exhaustive; it is expected that particular subject domains will have much greater lists of elements.  This list is intended to be the recommend list of elements that should be provided by all within RDA to

  1. permit discovery,
  2. support contextualisation (assessment of relevance and value) and
  3. facilitate action (interoperation including query and integration).

Use Case Analysis:

The initial use case Analysis was presented in Session 9 joint meeting of all the metadata groups at Plenary 6 in Paris. Below are some revised slides based on the feedback from that meeting and the master use case spreadsheet showing the process.

 

The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship have been published

Press release: FAIR guiding principles published in Nature journal

Today, March 15 2016, the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship were formally published in the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Data. The problem the FAIR Principles address is the lack of widely shared, clearly articulated, and broadly applicable best practices around the publication of scientific data. While the history of scholarly publication in journals is long and well established, the same cannot be said of formal data publication. Yet, data could be considered the primary output of scientific research, and its publication and reuse is necessary to ensure validity, reproducibility, and to drive further discoveries. The FAIR Principles address these needs by providing a precise and measurable set of qualities a good data publication should exhibit - qualities that ensure that the data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).

 

Past Plenaries

  • 2016-09-15 - 2016-09-17 RDA Plenary 8 Denver
  • 2016-03--01 - 2016-03-03 RDA Plenary 7 Tokyo
  • 2015-09-23 - 2015-09-25 RDA Plenary 6 Paris
  • 2015-03-08 - 2015-03-11 RDA Plenary 5 San Diego
  • 2014-09-22 - 2014-09-24  RDA Plenary 4 Amsterdam
  • 2014-03-26 - 2014-03-28  RDA Plenary 3 Dublin
  • 2014-02-24 - 2014-02-25 RDA Europe Munich Meeting

 

Recent Activity

30 Jun 2017

CfP - MTSR 2017 - Tallinn, Estonia - November 28th to December 1st, 2017

***apologies for cross-posting***
3nd Call for Papers
MTSR’17 : 11th International Conference
on Metadata and Semantics Research
http://www.mtsr-conf.org/
The 11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR'17) will be held at Tallinn University in Tallinn, Estonia from November 28th – December 1st 2017.
Important Dates
• July 10th , 2017 : New Paper submission deadline
· July 31st, 2017 : Notification of acceptance

21 Jun 2017

Fwd: 2nd CfP: 11th MTSR'17, November 28th - December 1st, 2017, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Esthonia

Apologies for any duplicates received from cross-posting
Rebecca
Executive Director, DataONE
University of New Mexico
1312 Basehart SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Email: ***@***.***
Cell: (505) 382-0890
Fax: (505) 246-6007
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2nd Call for Papers MTSR’17 : 11th International Conference on Metadata and
Semantics Researchhttp://www.mtsr-conf.org/
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15 Jun 2017

Metadata Element Set

The Metadata Element Set on the Metadata Interest Group website (
https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-ig.html) has been updated with
the links to the google doc for each element. Please feel free to add your
comments on each element.
​Regards,
Rebecca​
Executive Director, DataONE
University of New Mexico
1312 Basehart SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Email: ***@***.***
Cell: (505) 382-0890
Fax: (505) 246-6007

05 Apr 2017

Remote participation for Metadata at P9

The Metadata sessions will have remote participation if the times work for
you - the information is at the bottom of the agenda page for each of the
sessions - just click on the links below to navigate to each of the agendas
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Here are the metadata sessions at P9 - we hope to see you there:
*5th April 2017 - RDA 9th Plenary Meeting - Day 1*
11:30 - 13:00 Breakout 1
Joint Session of WG Empirical Humanities Metadata, WG Metadata Standards

04 Apr 2017

Metadata at Barcelona P9

All,
Here are the metadata sessions at P9 - we hope to see you there:
*5th April 2017 - RDA 9th Plenary Meeting - Day 1*
11:30 - 13:00 Breakout 1
Joint Session of WG Empirical Humanities Metadata, WG Metadata Standards
Catalog: Establishing Protocols for Metadata in the Empirical Humanities

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Room MR8
16:00 - 17:30 Breakout 3
Joint Session of WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Metadata, IG Data in
Context: Proposed RDA Metadata Recommendation for Interoperation

23 Mar 2017

Research Data Alliance DDPIG Interim Outputs for review and comment

Dear RDA Interest Group members,

We wish to share with you the draft outputs created by three of
the Task Force teams of the RDA Data Discovery Paradigms Interest
Group. We think one or more of these outputs are relevant to the
work your IG is doing. Your thoughts and feedback on the three
interim documents will be greatly appreciated:

15 Dec 2016

Comments on the recommended set of metadata elements

All,
Keith and I are planning for RDA P9 in Barcelona and would like to have
received comments on the metadata elements prior to the meeting in April.
We would like to hear from the members of the metadata groups before
sending this out to a wider audience, including the domain groups. If you
have additional comments on the metadata element set please respond to this
email by next week (Dec 22).
Thanks,
Keith Jeffery
Rebecca Koskela
*Background*
During and since the Amsterdam plenary the metadata groups - working

24 Oct 2016

Aggregating and mapping Metadata - hands-on webinar, 31 October, 15:00 CET

Dear members of the Metadata Interest Group,
I am writing to invite you to the *hands-on webinar on "Aggregating and
mapping Metadata",* scheduled on*Monday 31st October at 15:00 CET /
13:00 UTC.* The webinar will be held by Dimitris Gavrilis, Athena RC.
The purpose of this webinar is to familiarise participants with key
aspects of data aggregation, relevant for all projects that include some
form of data gathering of metadata capture. A metadata aggregation
example will be presented, in which a set of XML encoded records will

09 Sep 2016

Metadata sessions at RDA P8 in Denver

I've posted all the sessions that include the Metadata Standards Catalog
Working Group, the Metadata Interest Group, and Data in Context Interest
Group on each of the web pages:
- Metadata Interest Group (
https://rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-ig.html)
- Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group (
https://rd-alliance.org/node/48109