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

September 19 - Breakout 2  (14:00 - 15:30) RDA 10th Plenary Montreal

Joint meeting: IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Data in Context, IG Research Data Provenance

Meeting objectives

 

The Metadata groups have proposed a list of metadata elements required for interoperation of data. The list was discussed and the unpacking process was started at the P9 meeting in Barcelona. The objectives of this session include:

  • Demo the Metadata Standards Catalog
  • Present the feedback of ‘unpacking’ the complex structure of the list elements
  • Continuation of the validation of the list of metadata elements by domain groups and technical groups
  • Compare element set with existing metadata standards especially in the catalog of MSCWG

 

Meeting agenda

  • Welcome and review objectives of the meeting (5 min)
  • Demo Metadata Standards Catalog (15 min)
  • W3C Data Exchange Working Group’s effort to improve metadata standards for data interoperation (10 min)
  • Provenance IG projects (10 min)
  • Metadata Elements Set (40 min)
    • Feedback on each of the elements in the Metadata Element Set
    • Comparison with existing metadata standards 
    • Discussion
  • Next Steps (10 min)

 

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 reviewers are listed for each element. The folder for all elements is here.

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

  • 2017-04-05 - 2017-04-07 RDA Plenary 9 Barcelona
  • 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

18 Sep 2017

“R programming language to manage metadata, data complying with OGC standards and controlled vocabularies: the case of Tuna Fisheries”

Dear IG's / WG's,

We would like to invite you to an RDA related event that we believe to be relevant to your activities; “R programming language to manage metadata and data by complying with OGC (EML, CF conventions) standards and controlled vocabularies: the case of Tuna Fisheries” .

When: Tuesday 19 September 2017, from 11:30 to 13:00 local time

Where: room: Mansfield 10, RDA Plenary Meeting, Montreal, Canada

14 Sep 2017

Joint Metadata & Provenance meeting at P10

The joint meeting of the Metadata IG, Metadata Standards Catalog WG,
Research Data Provenance IG, and Data in Context IG will be on Tuesday,
September 19 in Breakout Session 2 (14:00 - 15: 30 EST/UTC -5). The agenda
for this session is here
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If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, there will be remote
access for this session (see below).
Regards,
Rebecca
Remote Access Information (Gotomeeting):
Online: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/873606621

13 Sep 2017

Units of Measure BoF at P10

Apologies for cross posting
On Wednesday Sept 22nd from 3.30 - 5.00 pm in Mansfield 8 at P10 there will be a BoF discussion of the need for formation of a Units of Measure Interest Group.
This BoF has been scheduled because of the need to prioritize units of measure when thinking about interoperable science data and the recently funded NIST grant to create a Semantic Units Repository. Please consider attending to contribute use cases, units/quantities/dimensions representation needs, previous RDA discussions and ideas relative to forming an interest group on the topic.

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: