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.


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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

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. 

09 Oct 2019

P14 Session Chair Update

In preparation for Plenary 14 in Helsinki, please refer to the information presented below pertaining to your breakout sessions.


Remote Participation

  • Remote participation will be available in each meeting room through GoToMeeting, which will be running from the laptop provided by the University. By just opening your presentation on this laptop, remote attendees will be able to view your slides and hear you speak.

16 Sep 2019

Drone Semantics Pre event

Hi all

In the name of cross-RDA collaboration I'm hoping you'll find this event interesting and appealing enough to join us, but even if not, your students might be interested and/or see this as a way to partialy fund attending P14

The drone data IG is hosting a pre-event hackathon working on the LANDRS project where amoungst other things we're working on creating an ontology for drone data (which we ultimatley hope will pair with easily)

04 Sep 2019

RDA website unavailable due to maintenance on 4 and 5 September 2019

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