RDA 10th Plenary Joint meeting: IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Data in Context, IG Research Data Provenance

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Meeting title

RDA Metadata Element Set Recommendation for Interoperation

Groups:IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Data in Context, IG Research Data Provenance

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the groups: 

The Metadata Interest Group 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. The Data in Context Interest Group is concerned with contextual ‘profiles’ applicable to various datasets. A profile will (a) assist in retrieval precision and recall (including disambiguation); (b) provide information to assist the user in judging the relevance and quality of the data asset; (c) provide additional information that may be used in processing the dataset; (d) provide information that assists in explaining the dataset (purpose, relationship to persons, organizations, facilities, equipment, publications, etc). The Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group is a follow-on working group to the Metadata Standards Directory Working Group. This WG has produced an updated catalog of metadata standards of relevance to research data. Specifically, the catalog system consists of the following components: (a) A set of records describing metadata standards; (b) A user interface for submitting information, searching, browsing and displaying standards information; (c) A machine-to-machine interface (API) allowing automated tools to submit information, perform queries and retrieve information from the catalog. With massively growing amounts of data, metadata have gained increasing importance. The value of metadata itself is not always appropriately acknowledged and there are different notions of metadata; what is counted as data and what as metadata also varies. 

Meeting objectives

The Metadata groups have proposed a list of metadata elements required for interoperation of data. The list was discussed and the unpacking process was started at the P9 meeting in Barcelona. The objectives of this session include:
- Demo the Metadata Standards Catalog
- Present the feedback of ‘unpacking’ the complex structure of the list elements
- Continuation of the validation of the list of metadata elements by domain groups and technical groups
- Compare element set with existing metadata standards especially in the catalog of MSCWG

Meeting agenda

Welcome and review objectives of the meeting (5 min)
Demo Metadata Standards Catalog (15 min)
W3C Data Exchange Working Group’s effort to improve metadata standards for data interoperation (10 min)
Provenance IG projects (10 min)
Metadata Elements Set (40 min)
· Feedback on each of the elements in the Metadata Element Set
· Comparison with existing metadata standards 
· Discussion
Next Steps (10 min)

Additional links to informative material related to the participating groups i.e. group pages, case statements, working documents etc

Metadata Interest Group: 
Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group: 
Data in Context Interest Group: 
Research Data Provenance:


Our target audience includes domain representatives, domain repositories, and those involved in data publishing. We would also invite members of other RDA metadata and vocabulary groups. Individuals with interest in metadata are invited to attend.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Rebecca Koskela

Type of meeting: Working meeting


Session Room: Cartier 2

Session Time:  Tuesday 19 September, Breakout 2, 14:00 - 15:30

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