status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Mingfang Wu, Sarala Wimalaratne, Adam Shepherd, Leyla Jael Castro

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


Introduction:

 

The wide use of schema.org 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 schema.org 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 schema.org 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.

 

The objectives of this work group are twofold:

  1. to identify and bridge gaps in existing schemas commonly used for research data, by bringing together communities who are working with such vocabularies to document research data and related resources;
     
  2. to provide guidelines for those communities whose needs are not addressed by existing metadata schema such as schema.org, and provide guidelines on proposing extensions.

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 survey was developed by the DDP IG TF, which led to the formation of this WG.)

 

The planned outputs will include:

  1. A generic ‘conceptual data model’ with essential types and properties for research data discovery over the web. The model will be built on bioschemas.org, science-on-schema.org, schema.org, DCAT, DDI-DISCO and SSN schemas from some representative research domains, and data discovery use cases. A research domain can map their schema to the conceptual model when they publish data to the web or exchange metadata between data portals/repositories.
     

  2. A guideline, illustrated with common patterns, of common patterns for publishing metadata landing pages with structured data markups; and a guideline of how to customise the research schemas for target domains with examples. 
     

  3. Toolings for making the implementation easier if resources are available. This could include collecting and cataloguing tools that generate, validate and parse schema.org & DCAT markup, etc.

Living documents:

Research Metadata Schemas WG (This is the directory for all documents prepared by this WG, including meeting notes.)

In particular, the following three documents are for the WG outputs:

  • Crosswalks (As dated on 15 May 2020, there are 12 crosswalks from 12 schemas to schema.org.)
  • Best practice guides
  • Tooling (collecting tools for supporting the structured data publishing process, e.g. tools that generate, validate, crawling  search structured data)

Members are more than welcome to contribute to the above three ongoing documents.  This output folder  has all working in progress documents for the outputs.

 

The WG's Wiki Index

 

Meeting schedule:

The group meeting in 2022 is on third Wednesday in even months. A meeting reminder will be sent to the group about 2 days before each meeting.

The next meeting will be: 20:00 UTC, Wednesday 17 August. You can check your local time here.

If you are unable to join, you can still add your thoughts to this document with rolling agendas and notes.

 

 

Posts

08
September
2022

Call for papers - SWAT4HCLS 2023 (first call)

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the CfP for the Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences Conference 2023 - SWAT4HCLS 2023 Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of SWAT4HCLS 2023 Organizing Committee. ----- *CfP - SWAT4HCLS Basel 2023Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences. 2023 edition in Basel, 13 to 16 of February, 2023Website: http://www.swat4ls.org/ CfP:
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16
August
2022

Next call of the RDA Research Metadata Schemas (maintenance) WG: 17 August 20:00 UTC

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All, Our August call will be on 17 August at 20:00 UTC (your local time ) Here is the agenda , we will focus on a general update of the group's activities. Let me know if you have anything you want to add to the agenda. Zoom link: https://monash.zoom.us/j/86343950822?pwd=YVo0MkcxTnY0d3JrdjFZVFVqeEZ5Zz09
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10
August
2022

Call for papers - DaMaLOS 2022 (third call)

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the CfP for the 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open Science DaMaLOS 2022 co-located with ISWC . Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of DaMaLOS Organizing Committee. *DaMaLOS 2022: 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open ScienceOnline, October 23 or 24, 2022https://zbmed.github.io/damalos/
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12
July
2022

Call for papers - DaMaLOs 2022 (second call)

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the CfP for the 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open Science DaMaLOS 2022 co-located with ISWC . Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of DaMaLOS Organizing Committee. *DaMaLOS 2022: 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open ScienceOnline, October 23 or 24, 2022https://zbmed.github.io/damalos/
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15
June
2022

Next RDA Research Metadata Schemas WG call on 15 June 8pm UTC, and about the group's plenary session

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All, Sorry for this late reminder: we have a scheduled group call on 15 June, starting 8pm UTC. Main agenda items are to discuss uptaking of the group's outputs and logistics of the group's plenary session. Here is the link for joining the call: https://monash.zoom.us/j/86343950822?pwd=YVo0MkcxTnY0d3JrdjFZVFVqeEZ5Zz09
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23
May
2022

First CfP DaMaLOS 2022 - 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open Science

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the first CfP for the 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open Science DaMaLOS 2022 co-located with ISWC . Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of DaMaLOS Organizing Committee. *DaMaLOS 2022: 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open ScienceOnline, October 23 or 24, 2022https://zbmed.github.io/damalos/
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19
April
2022

The next group call is on Wednesday 20th April, starting 20:00 UTC

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All, This is a reminder that our next group call is on Wednesday 20th April, starting 20:00 UTC. (You can check your local time
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14
April
2022

RDA Plenary 19 Draft Programme Now Available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Chairs, The RDA 19th Plenary draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-19th-plenary-programme-0. Please note that the Plenary programme is a part of the International Data Week programme that can be accessed at https://www.rd-alliance.org/international-data-week-2022-programme.
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29
March
2022

Webinar: How To Get Attention For Research Project Outputs Part 2

by Yolanda Meleco

Hello, just a brief reminder that Part 2 of our webinar titled How To Get Attention For Research Project Outputs is this Thursday, 31 March, at 16:00 UTC. We hope to see you there! If you haven’t yet done so, register at https://www.rd-alliance.org/how-get-attention-webinar-31-03-2022. All the best,
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25
March
2022

RDA Plenary 19 as a part of IDW 2022 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Research Metadata Schemas WG, Congratulations! Your RDA Plenary 19 (P19) session application titled Guidelines and toolings for publishing structured metadata on the Web has been approved. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. We have some feedback and requests for you to take into consideration while preparing your session: The agenda structure is clear, leaving ample time for discussion and interaction.
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