status: Completed

Chair (s): Rebecca Koskela, Keith Jeffery, Alex Ball

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries@rd-alliance.org


Objectives

The Metadata Standards Catalog (MSC) Working Group has produced a machine-actionable catalog of metadata standards submitted by all RDA WGs. The catalog system has an end-user input form and an API for submission from other software. Similarly it has a user interface for query/reporting and an API for software to query and retrieve suitable standards information. The MSC is a fundamental tool in any autonomic e-research fabric.

 

This work builds on the outputs of the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: both the Metadata Standards Directory (MSD) itself and the set of attendant use cases.

 

Further details about the work are available on the MSCWG Wiki.

 

Metadata Principles and their Use

The RDA metadata groups have developed and endorsed a set of five principles for metadata that they believe the wider RDA should adopt and promote.

 

Current Activities

The Metadata Standards Catalog is available. Please do contribute by adding new standards, new versions of standards, and filling out any missing information.

 

You can inspect the source code by visiting the GitHub repository. Even though the main, initial development phase is over, the Catalog will continue to be maintained and developed.

 

Current Events

RDA Plenary 16 Costa Rica (Virtual), IG Metadata: Progressing the Metadata Element Set

Breakout 3: 2020-11-10, 17:00 – 18:30 UTC

 

Meeting objectives

 

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. The objective of this meeting is to progress the element set by unpacking the individual elements through work with other groups.

 

Meeting agenda

  1. Welcome (5 min)

  2. Progress to date on Metadata Standards Catalog and the elements (10 min)

  3. Current work in groups including survey results (10 min)

  4. Unpacking one or more of the high priority elements by the attendees (40 min)

  5. Plenary for report back (10 min)

  6. Next steps (5 min)

Posts

02
October
2020

Building metadata standards within Engineering disciplines and communities

by Alex Ball

Dear Metadata IG and Metadata Standards Catalog WG members, The Research Data Management in Engineering (RDMinEng) Interest Group is running a series of seminars that will be of interest to metadata folks. If you haven't already seen it on the Metadata IG Events page, I would particularly like to draw your attention to the seminar being held on 2020-10-09 13:30 UTC, ‘Building metadata standards within Engineering disciplines and communities’.
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September
2020

MSC v2 has arrived

by Alex Ball

Dear WG members, The Metadata Standards Catalog has now been updated to the new version 2 code. Most of the big changes have gone on in the underlying code, so you may not notice much difference, but here are the highlights.
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16
July
2020

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group members,   We’d like to share these important news items for your information.
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02
July
2020

Upcoming Deadlines & Events

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

  Hi everyone.  There are some upcoming deadlines and events that we want to make sure you are aware of as you enter the weekend.   We’ve posted them on the RDA homepage and social media, and are providing them below:   Request for Comments Deadlines:
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02
June
2020

MSC v2 is on the way

by Alex Ball

Dear WG members, This is just to let you know that we take maintenance mode seriously, and a new version of the Metadata Standards Catalog is in preparation. Experience of working with the current version has shown us that while the data model had a kind of idealistic charm, it was not all that wonderful to work with programmatically. The new version will use a modified data model that is easier to work with. The highlights are as follows:
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28
November
2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

by Alexandra Delipalta

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. Group session application form Joint meeting application form
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November
2019
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November
2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

by Alexandra Delipalta

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. 
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23
August
2019

RDA 14th plenary - Notification of acceptance for plenary sessions

by Luigi Colucci

Dear Working Group members, Congratulations! Your session application –   Metadata for FAIR Data – 
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