Joint Meeting on Metadata Standards in Use and Convergence

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04 Aug 2020

Joint Meeting on Metadata Standards in Use and Convergence

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Meeting agenda: 

 

Collaborative Notes: https://bit.ly/36u47wu

  1. Welcome and Meeting Objectives (10 min)

  2. Presentations: (30 min)

    1. Metadata IG Elements

    2. Metadata of interest to the Social Science Research Data IG, including DDI

    3. Metadata necessary for the Distributed System of Scientific Collections ( DiSSCo) project

  3. Discussion of applicability of MIG Element Set (40 min)

  4. Next Steps (10 min)

Meeting objectives: 

The Metadata Interest Group(MIG) is supported by individuals and organizations involved in the development, implementation, and use of metadata for scientific data.  MIG’s chief objective is to identify and endorse metadata solutions for addressing data management challenges. Metadata is crucial for the discovery, access, preservation, exchange, manipulation, and use/re-use of research data.  Metadata discussions frequently focus on community-specific issues such as discipline-specific standards; however, there are dimensions of metadata that are of general interest, cross disciplines, and are amenable to broad community input.  MIG endorses metadata solutions that balance domain-specific and interdisciplinary needs.

MIG has proposed metadata ‘packages’ for the commonly required purposes; a ‘package’ consists of elements (attributes or data structures) the values of which relate to the unique identity of the dataset or record (instance).  To assure machine processing a formal syntax and declared semantics are required, and the packages must exhibit referential and functional integrity as well as human readability.

At previous plenaries, MIG has reached out to other RDA Interest Groups and Working Groups where metadata is important to the goals of their group. The element set has been shared with and reviewed by many of the RDA domain groups. At this meeting, we will continue the conversation with the Social Science domain group as well as a large international project, Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo),  which represents 120 institutions in 21 countries.

Target Audience: 

Anyone interested in metadata for the objectives of RDA; specifically, people from domain and infrastructure groups wishing to utilize metadata for their purposes. Members of RDA metadata groups who are interested in the goals of the various RDA metadata Interest Groups and Working Groups are encouraged to attend.

Short Group Status: 

The RDA Metadata Interest Group (MIG) was established in 2013. MIG has initiated two successful Working Groups: Metadata Standards Directory WG and Metadata Standards Catalog WG. The output of the MSDWG ensures that the Digital Curation Centre Disciplinary Metadata Directory is kept current and the latest adoption of the recommendations of this group was by the Climate Data Store at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre.  Both of the WGs have completed and continue to be supported in maintenance mode.

The Social Science Research Data IG was formed in 2019 based on their initial Birds of a Feather meeting held at Plenary 14 in Botswana. This Social Science and Humanities (SSH) IG is helping to coordinate communications across the various current RDA groups of interest to their disciplines and provide a place for members to share solutions and concerns with others in the fields. While this new IG is a coordinating group, they also aim to produce new RDA Working Groups to provide solutions to challenges in our SSH domains. The IG has prioritised three specific areas focused on the Social Science and Humanities research data communities: quality of data; data policy, and sensitive data.

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s): 

The Metadata Interest Group serves as an umbrella group for all aspects of metadata for research data. In particular, it coordinates the efforts of the Working Groups concerned with metadata to provide a coherent approach to metadata. The Metadata Interest Group also is responsible for defining the metadata element set intended to become an RDA recommendation.

The Social Science Research Data IG  is helping to coordinate communications across the various current RDA groups of interest to Social Science and Humanities (SSH) disciplines and provide a place for members to share solutions and concerns with others in the SSH fields.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (3): 
Are you willing to hold your session at multiple times to accommodate various time zones?: 
No
Meeting presenters: 
Keith Jeffery, Jon Crabtree/Steve McEachern (Social Science), Dimitris Koureas (or other representative of DiSSCo)
How do you prefer to hold the virtual component of your session: 
live
Other: 
Speakers are from Europe, Australia, and US so Breakout 8 is the only possibility