Metadata Standards Directory WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Contact Enquiries email
Case Statement: 

Please note that the Metadata Standards Directory  WG has now finished its term under RDA and has delivered its outputs. A follow-on WG has been created: Metadata Standards Catalog WG.

The RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group is supported by individuals and organizations involved in the development, implementation, and use of metadata for scientific data. The overriding goal is to develop a collaborative, open directory of metadata standards applicable to scientific data can help address infrastructure challenges...Metadata Standards Working Group Case Statement.



Key resources  


  • Output Slides presented at  Plenary 6 in Paris
  • Output Slides presented at Plenary 5 in San Diego
  • Metadata Principles - Created and endorsed by all the RDA metadata groups

Outreach and Presentations

  • Summer interns help advance MSDWG agenda:  
    • Yuan Ling, Drexel University, USA-RDA internship, investigates machine-actionable policy linking RDA's MSDWG and Policy working groups.  See Yuan's poster @ RDA-4, Mapping Human-Readable/Machine-Readable Policies for RDA Metadata Standards Directory Development.
    • Kate Alderete, University of Denver, Colorado, DataONE RDA metadata WG:  DataONE summer internship, project no. 7, explores GitHub to make the Metadata Standard Directory more commuity driven.
  • Ball, A., Chen, S., Greenberg, J., Jeffery, K., Koskela, R., and Perze, J.  (2014).  Building a disciplinary metadata standards directory.  IDCC-2014:
  • Chen, S. (2014).  A Prototype Collaborative Directory of Metadata Standards. A Master’s

    Paper for the M.S. in L.S. degree. April 2014:

  • Perez, C.  (2013).  The RDA’s Metadata Standards Directory: Information Gathering. A Master’s Paper for the M.S. in L.S. degree. November, 2013: CPerez-RDA-Metadata.pdf, 
  • CAMP-4-DATA - DCMI Science and Metadata/RDA, 6 Sept. 2013, Lisbon, Portugal, (Proceedings).  Greenberg, 

Selected past events 

WG slides and documents 

(updated: 28 Sept. 2015)


Recent Activity

24 Oct 2016

Aggregating and mapping Metadata - hands-on webinar, 31 October, 15:00 CET

Dear members of the Metadata Standards Directory 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

18 Apr 2016

Collaboration Projects Testing RDA Outputs

We'd like to bring your attention to the latest Research Data Alliance
Magazine (
to read about the collaboration projects testing RDA outputs. In
particular, check page 9 to read about
the integration of the Metadata Standards Directory with the DMPonline.
Alex Ball
Keith Jeffery
Rebecca Koskela
Executive Director, DataONE
University of New Mexico

21 Jan 2016

Transition to the Metadata Standards Catalog WG

Dear WG members,
We are happy to confirm that the RDA Council has formally Recognized and Endorsed the Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group. Since the Catalog group is a follow-on to this Directory group, our activity and attention will now be directed entirely to the new group.
As I result of this, I would urge you to do two things:

18 Jan 2016

Request from the Biosharing Initiative

Dear Colleagues in the Metadata Groups of RDA -
I have a request (attached) from Peter Mcquilton of the Biosharing initiative / Biosharing WG of RDA of which many of you will know from presentations at RDA.
I know Peter and the rest of the Biosharing team would be very grateful to receive as many responses as possible.
With best wishes
Keith G Jeffery Consultants
Prof Keith G Jeffery
E: ***@***.***
T: +44 7768 446088
S: keithgjeffery