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Towards Tools and Guidance for Creating and Handling Structured Metadata

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    Alex Ball
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    Welcome and introductions – Alex (5 min)

    Meeting objectives – Steve (5 min)

    MIG charter renewal – Steve (20 min) – presentation and discussion

    Metadata Standards Catalog: what it is for and how to contribute – Alex (15 min)

    Metadata Element Set: current state and future direction – Milan (35 min) – presentation and discussion

    Next steps – Alex (10 min)

     

    Additional links to informative material

    Metadata Element Set working documents

    Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group
    The Metadata Interest Group (MIG) is supported by individuals and organizations involved in the development, implementation, and use of metadata for scientific data.  MIG’s chief objective is to identify and endorse metadata solutions for addressing data management challenges. Metadata is crucial for the discovery, access, preservation, exchange, manipulation, and use/reuse of research data.
    Metadata discussions frequently focus on community-specific issues such as discipline-specific standards; however, there are dimensions of metadata that are of general interest, cross disciplines and are amenable to broad community input. MIG endorses metadata solutions that balance domain-specific and interdisciplinary needs.
    MIG has proposed metadata ‘packages’ for the commonly required purposes; a ‘package’ consists of elements (attributes or data structures) the values of which relate to the unique identity of the dataset or record (instance). To assure machine processing a formal syntax and declared semantics are required, and the packages must exhibit referential and functional integrity as well as human readability. This Metadata Element Set is intended to become an RDA recommendation.
    At previous plenaries, MIG has reached out to other RDA Interest Groups and Working Groups where metadata is important to the goals of their group. The element set has been shared with and reviewed by many of the RDA domain groups.

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Alex Ball

    I Understand a Chair Must be Present at the Event to Hold the Breakout Session
    Yes

    Meeting objectives
    Structured metadata with formal syntax and declared semantics is necessary to capitalize on the wealth of research data being created, and to drive innovative reuse. But creating it can involve a steep learning curve, and involves a significant cost of time and effort to balance against the longer-term benefits. This meeting explores what might be done to better connect researchers with the tools and guidance they need to develop their skills and understanding for metadata-related tasks. The discussions held will inform the future direction of the group and its outputs, including the Metadata Element Set and the RDA Metadata Standards Catalog.

    Please indicate at least (3) three breakout slots that would suit your meeting.
    Breakout 2, Breakout 5, Breakout 8

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