Metadata Standards Catalog WG


Group details

Alex Ball, Keith Jeffery, Rebecca Koskela
Secretariat Liaison: 
Kathy Fontaine
TAB Liaison: 
Francoise Genova
Case Statement: 


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 9 Barcelona

Working group meetings:

Wednesday 5 April 2017

  • Breakout 1 - 11:30
    • Joint session of WG Empirical Humanities, WG Metadata Standards Catalog: Establishing Protocols for Metadata in the Empirical Humanities
  • Breakout 3 - 16:00
    • Joint session of IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Data in Context

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

Thursday 6 April 2017

  • Breakout 4 - 09:30
    • WG RDA/TD Metadata Standards for the attribution of physical and digital collections stewardship: Developing user roles and data models
  • Breakout 6 - 14:00
    • WG Fisheries Data Interoperability: Metadata needs for fisheries data interoperability
    • Joint session of IG Data Rescue, IG Domain Repositories, IG Metadata, IG Big Data, IG Ethics and Social Aspects of Data: Data rescue
    • Joint session of IG RDA/CODATA Materials Data, Infrastructure Interoperability, WG International Materials Resource Registries, IG Chemistry Research Data, IG Research data needs of the Photon and Neutron Science community, IG Metadata: Enhancing Interoperability across Chemistry, Materials Science, and Photon/Neutron domains through Metadata and Vocabulary

Friday 7 April 2017

  • Breakout 8 - 11:00
    • Joint session of IG Metadata, IG Data in Context: Evolving Metadata and the Metadata Lifecycle


Recent Activity

21 Jun 2017

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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.

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 (
- Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group (

25 Jul 2016

Rescheduling the on-line meeting for metadata joint session at P8

​The on-line meeting to discuss the agenda for the Joint Metadata Session
at P8 has been rescheduled for
​Wednesday, July 27th:
- US AK: 04
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- Amsterdam: 16:00
- ​Adelaide: 23:30
- Brisbane: 00:00 (Thursday, 7/28)​
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