status: Recognised & Endorsed

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

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:

 

This group has a regular meeting on fourth Thursday each month, starting 8pm UTC. A meeting reminder with zoom ID will be emailed to this group ahead of each meeting.

 

 

Posts

14
October
2021

Webinar designed for RDA Group participants

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello - My apologies for cross-posting. We wanted to be sure RDA group Chairs and group members received this information about an upcoming webinar specifically designed to provide tips and strategies for promoting project outputs. This webinar is designed for RDA Working and Interest Group Members, but anyone interested in this topic is also invited and welcome to attend. Please register and attend "How To Get Attention for Research Project Outputs " webinar on 21 Oct 2021 - 15:00 UTC presented by Jennifer Gibson. Register here.
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27
September
2021

Reminder: the next monthly call is on Tuesday 28 September, starting 1pm UTC

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All, First, we would like to pass on the good news that the group's recommendation "Guidelines for publishing structured metadata on the Web (V3.0) " has been endorsed by the RDA Council. So congratulations to all members of the group, and thank you very much for your support! Second, this is a kind reminder that our regular group call will be this Tuesday, 28 Sept., starting 1pm UTC (see your local time here
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24
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-Chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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09
September
2021

Sept 23 webinar FAIR Principles for Research Software (FAIR4RS WG)

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We are pleased to announce the FAIR4RS Working Group will be presenting a webinar titled: FAIR Principles For Research Software on 23 Sep 2021 - 17:00 to 18:00 UTC, hosted by the RDA-US. We hope you will attend. This webinar will present the history of how the Working Group evolved, an overview of the recently published group output FAIR principles for Research Software, and the challenges and limitations identified when creating the principles for FAIR Research Software.
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08
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Research Metadata Schemas WG, Congratulations! Your RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) session application titled Recommendations for publishing structure metadata on the web has been approved by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
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23
August
2021

Reminder: the next monthly call is tomorrow, Tuesday 24 August, 1pm UTC

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings everyone, This is a reminder that our next call is on Tuesday, 24th August, starting 1pm UTC. You can check your local time here . Here is the proposed agenda for the meeting: - Update on the endorsement progress of the group's final report/recommendation - Discuss preparation wok for the P18 (submitted the plenary session proposal ) - Discuss the analysis of crosswalks to schema.org
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12
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Research Metadata Schemas WG members, Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled “Recommendations for publishing structure metadata on the web”. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 10 September. Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at ***@***.***-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you. Regards, RDA Secretariat
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10
August
2021

Data Intelligence Journal CfP: Special Issue on "Metadata as Data Intelligence"

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All: Please accept our apologies for multiple postings Please forward the CfP to interested colleagues Most of all Please consider submitting a paper Thanks!! ------------------ *Call for papers*: Data Intelligence , an MIT Press Direct open access journal, seeks contributions for a special issue on Metadata as Data Intelligence . *Important dates* - Submission Deadline: Oct. 31 2021 - Notification of acceptance: Dec. 31, 2021 - Revised/final manuscripts due: Feb. 10, 2022
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21
June
2021

Reminder: the next monthly call is on Tuesday 22 June, starting 1pm UTC

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings All, First, the good news is that our group has submitted the final report "Guidelines for publishing structured data on the Web". The RDA community review has begun. You can submit your comment at this community review page . Second, this is a reminder that our next call is on Tuesday 22 June starting 1pm UTC (You can check your local time here ). Here is the proposed agenda for the meeting: - Update on the final report submission - Discuss group's participation at the RDA Virtual Plenary #18
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15
June
2021

Final report from the RDA Research Metadata Schemas WG

by Mingfang Wu

Greetings! We would like to submit the final report from the RDA Research Metadata Schemas WG: "Guidelines for publishing structured metadata on the Web". Kind regards, The group co-chairs: Adam, Leyla, Sarala, Ming -- Dr Mingfang Wu *Australian Research Data Commons * T: +61 3 9902 4646 | E: ***@***.*** | O:0000-0003-1206-3431 Physical address: Monash University, Building T, Ground Floor, 100 Sir John Monash Drive, Caulfield East, VIC 3145
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