Research Metadata Schemas WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Rainer Stotzka
WGs Getting started (~0-6 months after RDA endorsement)



The wide use of to add structured metadata in web pages for use by  commercial search engines has attracted the attention of the data management community as a possible mechanism to leverage the robust commercial search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. to facilitate discovery and access to scientific data. Various projects have been exploring this approach, including the US NSF EarthCube p418 projectGoogle's Dataset Recommendations, BioSchemas, Force11 DCIP, Research Data AustraliaDataCiteHarvard Dataverse,  NASA’s Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) Infrastructure, EOSCpilot,  etc.  Since has largely been driven by commercial business use cases, and a loosely governed process for adding and defining resource type, property and vocabulary for research domain, there are gaps and deficiencies  that make its application for research data problematic.



Since P11, the RDA Data Discovery Paradigms IG started the task force "Using for research data discovery". The group has organised sessions at RDA plenaries and online calls to discuss how we research community come together to embrace the advantages of discovering data via web search engines, meanwhile to address gaps and deficiencies. There is a proposal to form a RDA Working Group with a focused scope and set of well-defined priorities/objectives.


Four objectives identified from previous meetings are:


Objective 1:  Identify and define research schemas types and minimum information guidelines for discoverability and accessibility

Create / Identify a list of generic discipline-agnostic entries from, and identify the properties that would be minimally  suggested for users / data providers (minimal suggested properties could be provided by existing RDA recommendation taking into consideration the original context of those recommendations vs our interest in discoverability and accessibility).


Objective 2. Crosswalk and gap analysis evaluating existing standards and guidelines

Look for gaps between existing RDA recommendations / existing best practices / users’ practices in data searches against, and assess potential solutions. Do a cross-walk between the different standards, and identify the gaps through this process (in addition to promoting these standards). Compare between mapping / cross-walking.


Objective 3. Review existing efforts working on Schemas to describe scientific types

Identify the commonalities of the different extensions of schemas used by the different communities, find current gaps in the schemas - either the common gaps independent of potential extensions to between disciplines, or all gaps identified (i.e. intersection or union).


Objective 4. Engagement and communication strategy; collaboration and with existing efforts

Collaboration with other existing efforts / groups / communities


To align with the above objectives, we instrumented a survey on current practices in using schemas to describe research datasets. The survey is still open, your participation is more than welcome.


The WG's Wiki Index


Meeting schedule:


This group has a regular meeting on second Thursday each month, starting 8pm UTC. A meeting reminder with zoom ID will be emailed to this group ahead of each meeting.



Recent Activity

13 Jan 2020

citation property in Dataset

Dear all,
During our last meeting we discussed what seems to be contradictory
information on the Google guidelines regarding the Dataset type (
After reading that document again, I think there is no contradiction there.
Let's suppose we have a dataset named "OurDataset" where AA, BB, CC and DD
have contributed and we have a paper about that dataset titled "OurDataset,

07 Jan 2020

Reminder: RDA Research Schemas WG monthly call - this Thursday (9th), 8pm UTC

Dear All,
Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great break!
This is a gentle reminder we have a scheduled monthly call from the RDA
research metadata schemas WG
on this Thursday, 9
January at 08:00 PM UTC - please use this link

to check for your local time.
We have tabled the following three agenda items:
- RDA TAB's feedback to the group session proposal
- RDA Co-located event (workshop) proposal
- Progress update
Please feel free to add agenda items to Agenda

20 Dec 2019

Session proposal P15

Dear co-chairs and members of Research Data Schemas WG,
The RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB) reviewed your session proposal on
December 19 and approved it. Congratulations!
To improve the agenda of the meeting TAB would like to recommend:
The agenda should be clear that this group is focused on creating a broad consensus
about identifying and bridging gaps in existing schemas commonly used for research data
(not just looking at, as discussed with TAB and in the P14 session already).

18 Dec 2019

I-ESA: Smarter Interoperability with Federation and Artificial Intelligence (SIFAI) workshop

Dear colleagues, 

I'm  supporting Prof. Marten van Sinderen (U.Twente) to organize this workshop in I-ESA, a relevant conference in interoperability research. 

Submissions from the group are welcome.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Best regards,



06 Dec 2019

RDA Plenary 15 Announcements - Registration and Calls for Co-located Events and Posters Now Open 

RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC (

06 Dec 2019

P15 Session Proposal Received


Dear RDA Chair,


Thank you for your session proposal for Plenary 15 titled “Progress and use cases from the Research Metadata Schemas WG”.  A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance and scheduling details planned to be sent out the first week in January.  


Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission.  


Thank you.




Alex Delipalta, on behalf of the RDA Secretariat

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.