Metadata Needed for Curation -- Cancelled

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08 Aug 2021

Metadata Needed for Curation -- Cancelled

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Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes: https://bit.ly/MetadataCuration

 

  • Welcome & Introductions - Rebecca Koskela (5 min)

  • Review Objectives of the Meeting - Keith Jeffery (9 min)

  • Kevin Ashley: Digital Curation Centre - What has been done and what is yet to do (12 min)

  • Peter Cornwell/Michael Hildreth - Definition of metadata elements required from the perspective of the Preserving Scientific Annotation WG (12 min)

  • A Representative from CURE-FAIR WG - Definition of metadata elements required for curating for reproducible and FAIR data and code (12 min)

  • Discussion on the alignment of Element Set with Metadata required for curation and preservation (30 min)

  • Next Steps (10 min)

Meeting objectives: 

 In 2015 the four core RDA  metadata groups ( Metadata Standards Directory Working Group, Data In Context Interest Group, Research Data Provenance Interest Group ), coordinated by the Metadata Interest Group, worked together to create a set of principles for metadata that the groups believed RDA should adopt and promote. The third principle,

       Metadata is not just for description and discovery; it is also for contextualisation (relevance, quality, restrictions (rights, costs)) and for coupling users, software and computing resources to data (to provide a Virtual Research Environment)

This meeting is targeted at ensuring the MIG and related groups’ work on metadata elements provides what is required for the purposes of curation.

Target Audience: 
  • RDA  colleagues interested in integrating/interoperating datasets as well as metadata and metadata schema specialists.

  • Domain researchers and those who manage domain-specific archives.

  • Those who study knowledge preservation schema and infrastructure are also welcome to share their expertise.

Short Group Status: 

The Metadata Interest Group (MIG) is a recognized and endorsed RDA group. The group was approved in 2013 and has initiated 2 successful Working Groups, the Metadata Standards Directory Working and the Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group. MIG serves as an umbrella group for various metadata projects.

The Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies (PTTP) IG is a recognized and endorsed RDA group that was approved in 2017. PTTP IG provides a forum to bring together domain researchers, data and informatics experts, and policy specialists to discuss such issues as: Which knowledge products should be preserved for sharing, re-use, and reproducibility for a given research domain?; What tools are available for researchers to preserve these elements in a manner that does not obstruct or hinder their research?; What preservation policies exist, imposed by government agencies, publishers, or other actors?; and How can preservation policies be implemented in a way that aids research both now and in the future?

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

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. This Metadata Element Set is intended to become an RDA recommendation. The element set has been shared with and reviewed by many of the RDA domain groups.

The Preservation Tools, Techniques, and Policies (PTTP) IG provides a forum to bring together domain researchers, data and informatics experts, and policy specialists to discuss such issues as:

  • What data/software/artifacts/documentation (hereafter referred to as “knowledge products”) should be preserved for sharing, re-use, and reproducibility for a given research domain? For other domains?

  • What tools are available for researchers to preserve these elements in a manner that does not obstruct or hinder their research?

    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of these tools?

    • Are there common features that could allow tools from one domain to be re-used elsewhere?

    • Are there tools that archives/repositories could provide that could make preservation much easier for researchers?

    • What are the longer-term development goals of each of these tools?

  • What preservation policies exist, imposed by government agencies, publishers, or other actors? How are they changing? How are they implemented? What are their strengths and weaknesses?

  • How can preservation policies be implemented in a way that aids research both now and in the future?

    • How does this depend on the tools provided?

Through the course of these discussions, the PTTP IG acts to strengthen the dialogue between domain researchers and the data community by focusing on how researchers are enabled to use previously generated and preserve new results. This enhanced engagement amplifies the voice of the research community within the fabric of RDA. The additional focus on policy considerations, by nature nation-, agency-, and organization-specific, serves to illustrate the means by which research preservation can be encouraged (or required) and the implications of these policy decisions.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Breakout 2
Breakout 5
Breakout 8
Breakout 11
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Meeting presenters: 
Rebecca Koskela; Keith Jeffery; Kevin Ashley; Peter Cornwell and/or Michael Hildreth; CURE-FAIR WG co-chair(s)
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live
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