RDA 8th Plenary Joint meeting: IG Metadata, WG Metadata Standards Catalog and IG Data in Context

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31 May 2016 1714 reads

Meeting title: Joint Metadata Group Meeting (Metadata IG, Metadata Standards Catalog WG, Data in Context IG)

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

Please give a brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s)

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 will produce a catalog of metadata standards of relevance to research data. Specifically, the catalog system will consist 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.

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

Use Case Analysis
The initial use case analysis was presented at P6 in Paris. Below are some revised slides based on the feedback from that meeting and the master use case spreadsheet showing the process.
* Updated analysis slides (https://rd-alliance.org/use-case-analysis.html)
* Master Use Case Spreadsheet (https://rd-alliance.org/use-case-analysis.html)

Review of Standard Canonical Set of Elements
Following the Joint Metadata groups session at RDA P7 a discussion initiated there continues using a google spreadsheet here (http://bit.ly/22sOegq). The resource definition is on the first tab, metadata element definitions on the second tab. At this point if people want, I’d suggest adding a new column for each reviewer. Comments can also be added using the google comments. Permissions are set up so anyone with the link can edit.

For more information on these groups, please see:
* Metadata Interest Group (https://rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-ig.html)
* Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group (https://rd-alliance.org/node/48109)
* Data in Context Interest Group (https://rd-alliance.org/groups/data-context-ig.html)

Please list the meeting objectives

A draft list of metadata elements to be considered after validation by domain groups and technical groups was refined in Tokyo. The list was derived from work on use cases (organized by Data in Context IG) and existing metadata standards (organized by Metadata Standards Directory WG) with contributions from Research Data Provenance IG and all coordinated by Metadata Interest Group (MIG). The list consists of metadata elements: they are not necessarily single valued attributes (like columns in a table). In fact, most of the elements are complex structures involving relationships within and between the elements .The basic objective of this session is to continue to understand the metadata used and desired by each domain against an initial standard canonical set of elements.

Meeting agenda

* Tour de table (15 min)
* Reminder of actions from Tokyo (15 min)
- MSCWG progress (collecting metadata schemas) 
- DICIG progress (collecting use cases) 
* Summary of inputs to the standard canonical set of metadata elements (15 min)
* Input from additional domains (25 min)
* Integrate plans and discussion (15 min)
* Next Steps (5 min)

Audience: Please specify who is your target audience and how they should prepare for the meeting

Our target audience includes domain representatives, domain repositories, and those involved in data publishing. We would like them to indicate which of the metadata elements are recorded, which are desired if not recorded and any 'standards' (widest sense) used; this latter information gives us a handle on the syntax and semantics used. It would be helpful to produce a powerpoint slide beforehand with 4 columns: element, used, desired, standard. Individuals with interest in metadata are invited to attend.