Metadata Standards Catalog WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Francoise Genova
Case Statement: 
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)


The Metadata Standards Catalog (MSC) Working Group will produce a machine-actionable catalog of metadata standards submitted by all RDA WGs. The catalog system will have an end-user input form and an API for submission from other software. Similarly it will have a user interface for query/reporting and an API for software to query and retrieve suitable standards information. The MSC is a fundamental tool in any autonomic e-research fabric.

This work builds on the outputs of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: both the Metadata Standards Directory (MSD) itself and the set of attendant use cases.

Further details about the progress of the work are available on the MSCWG Wiki.


Metadata Principles and their Use

The RDA metadata groups have developed and endorsed a set of five principles for metadata that they believe the wider RDA should adopt and promote.


Current Activities

A prototype Metadata Standards Catalog is under development. You can track progress by visiting the GitHub repository.

The Catalog will be seeded with records migrated from the Metadata Standards Directory. If you would like to help check, clean and expand the migrated records before they are loaded into the Catalog, you can find them in the 'db' folder on GitHub.

Alternatively, to get new records visible prior to the launch of the Catalog, you can continue to add standards, profiles, tools and known users of standards to the Metadata Standards Directory.


Current Events

RDA Plenary 10 Montréal

Our main meeting will be during Breakout 2: Tuesday, September 19, 14:00 - 15:30. This is a joint meeting between IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Data in Context, and 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)


You may also be interested in these other metadata-related sessions

Tuesday 19 September 2017

  • Breakout 3 - 16:00
    • WG RDA/TD Metadata Standards for the attribution of physical and digital collections stewardship: Developing user roles and data models
    • Joint meeting: WG BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences, IG ELIXIR Bridging Force

Wednesday 20 September 2017

  • Breakout 4 - 11:00
    • BoF Data Citation Metadata Elements


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
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, there will be remote
access for this session (see below).
Remote Access Information (Gotomeeting):

21 Jun 2017

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

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Semantics Research

10 Apr 2017

Metadata Standards Catalog update

Thanks to everyone who came along to one of the joint sessions involving the Metadata Standards Catalog at Plenary 9.

If you weren't able to join us, but would like to know how far we've come in developing the new Catalog, I've added a transcript of my presentation to the group wiki:

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
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

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

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

15 Dec 2016

Comments on the recommended set of metadata elements

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).
Keith Jeffery
Rebecca Koskela
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 Standards Catalog Working 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

16 Sep 2016

RE: [rda-metadata-ig][rda-datacontext-ig][mscwg] Metadata sessions at RDA P8 in Denver

Give this topic, I would like to suggest that any of you interested in appraisal join the Archives and
Records Professionals for Research Data Interest Group. The IG is meeting today at 3:30pm in tower court C.
I feel like this is something where our IG might be able to contribute to your needs/conversation.