Structuring Semantic Information with Respect to Conventional Metadata (Syntactic) Structures

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11 Jun 2023
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Metadata with formal syntax and declared semantics are even more necessary now, to ensure FAIRness but also with the range of application areas requiring such metadata, and primarily to ensure that systems increasingly utilizing AI have a basis in formal logic (not just the currently popular large language models but more for data management, analytics, simulation, and visualization). The meeting objectives include the metadata required for effective Scientific Knowledge Graphs covering the entities of interest in the scientific domain, the relationship of metadata to vocabularies, and the metadata required for the Kernel Information Record in the FAIR Digital Object.

Meeting agenda: 
  • Welcome  (Rebecca) [1 min]
  • Meeting Objectives, (Alex) [5 min]
  • Review definitions of metadata elements (Keith) [10 min]
  • Metadata and Vocabulary Services (John) [12 min]
  • Metadata for effective Scientific Knowledge Graphs (Andrea) [12 min]
  • Metadata required for FAIR Digital Objects (Rainer) [12 min]
  • Discussion [30 min]
  • New Co-chair Introductions & Next steps [8 min]
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Anyone interested in interoperability

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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/reuse 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.

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The Metadata Interest Group (MIG) was established in 2013 and has created two successful working groups, the Metadata Standards Directory WG and the Metadata Standards Catalog WG. MIG 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. 

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.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Alex Ball; Keith Jeffery; Rebecca Koskela; John Graybeal; Rainer Stotzka; Andrea Mannocci
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