Metadata Standards Catalog WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison:
TAB Liaison: 
Francoise Genova
Case Statement: 
WGs Maintaining deliverables (maintenance group)


The Metadata Standards Catalog (MSC) Working Group has produced a machine-actionable catalog of metadata standards submitted by all RDA WGs. The catalog system has an end-user input form and an API for submission from other software. Similarly it has 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 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

The Metadata Standards Catalog is available. Please do contribute by adding new standards, new versions of standards, and filling out any missing information.

You can inspect the source code by visiting the GitHub repository. Even though the main, initial development phase is over, the Catalog will continue to be maintained and developed.


Current Events

RDA Plenary 13 Philadelphia Joint Meeting: IG Metadata, IG Data in Context, WG Metadata Standards Catalog

Thursday April 4 Breakout 8 – 11:00 – 12:30

Room Commonwealth B – Remote Participation


Meeting objectives

  1. Present the Metadata Standards Catalog and transition to a maintenance group;
  2. Present the current status of the metadata element set and next steps;
  3. Ensure coordination among the metadata groups and representatives of domain (subject area) groups and other infrastructure groups attending; identify cross-group liaisons among the group;
  4. Discuss status of the Data in Context IG and call for a new co-chair.

Meeting agenda

  1. Welcome, Introductions, and Review Objectives of the Meeting
  2. Metadata Standards Catalog WG Update
  3. Update on Metadata Element Set
  4. Perspectives from other Groups:
    • RDA / TDWG Metadata Standards for attribution of physical and digital collections stewardship WG - Anne Thessen
    • Data Discovery Paradigms IG – Mingfang Wu
    • Vocabulary methods and the topic dimension of metadata – Charles Vardeman
    • GO FAIR- Erik Schultes
    • Chemistry Research Data IG – Ian Bruno
  5. Group Discussion and Identification of cross-group liaisons
  6. Future of Data in Context IG
  7. Wrap-up


Recent Activity

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 


RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 


The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

12 Nov 2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

Dear Group Members, 

The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away.

If your group is interested in submitting a session for a working group, interest group or joint meeting session, submissions will only be accepted from your group chairs, so be sure to coordinate with them to ensure proper communication of the submission.   

If you are a chair and submitting for a joint meeting session, all chairs involved in that joint session must be notified of the submission. 

16 Jun 2019

MTSR2019 - Deadline extension for submissions

Metadata and Semantics Research conference
Rome 2019
*2nd Call for Papers*
*MTSR 2019: 13th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics
The *13th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research *(MTSR
2019) will be held at the Marconi University in Rome, Italy on *October
28th –31st, 2019*.
*Important Dates*
*Deadline Extension*
- *July 1st, 2019: New Submission deadline (Full and Short papers)*

31 Mar 2019

Metadata Joint Meeting at RDA P13

*Joint Session Metadata IG, Metadata Standards Catalog WG, Data in Context
*Thursday, April 5, 2019*
*Breakout 8 1100-1230 EDT*
*Collaborative session notes*:
*Short introduction describing the scope of the groups and if any previous
The Metadata Interest Group serves as an umbrella group for all aspects of

16 Feb 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4 MARCH - Call for Papers, Drexel-CODATA FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop, 31 March-1 April

Following a number of requests and understanding the many pressure of
potential participants’ time, the Programme Committee of the Drexel-CODATA
FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop