RDA 8th Plenary Joint meeting: WG BioSharing Registry, WG Metadata Standards Catalog and WG RDA/WDS Publishing Data Workflows

Meeting title Data policies, databases and metadata standards: inform, cross-link, use

Group chair serving as contact person: Peter McQuilton

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

Metadata standards are the secret guiding hand that informs data interoperability. Concurrent with the recent explosion of data there has been a proliferation of standards. How do these standards relate to each other? Which are mature and ready for implementation and use? How do they fit in the data publishing workflow? Which should be recommended by funders, journals and data managers? What tools and other support mechanisms already exist, or are needed to optimise behaviours? 

We will examine the exemplar work of cross-linking data policies, databases and metadata standards done in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences areas (where thousands of databases and over 600 standards exist) and generalize it to other domains.

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

Publishing Data IG - https://rd-alliance.org/groups/rdawds-publishing-data-ig.html
BioSharing WG - https://rd-alliance.org/group/biosharing-registry-connecting-data-polici...
Metadata standards catalog WG - https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-standards-catalog-working-gr...

Please list the meeting objectives

In this joint session we will showcase an implemented example of relationships between metadata standards, data repositories and the publishing workflows, and discuss how to best enhance them. Specifically, this work aims to help journals, researchers and funders to recommend or select mature and community endorsed databases and standards; and developers and curators of repositories and content standards to be aware of the requirements they need to meet to ensure their products are discoverable and well described, so that they can be used by researchers or recommended by journals and funders. More generically, this session aims to help anyone that wishes to learn more about the relationships between metadata standards, data repositories and the publishing workflows.

It is vital to cross-pollinate between RDA IGs and WGs with practical use-cases and to integrate working in compatible spaces: our session is such an exemplar. This is especially true in the light of the WDS-RDA Publishing Data Workflows WG that has conducted an ‘upstream workflows’ analysis which connects optimal research data management behaviours by researchers at the start of their projects with high quality publishing data opportunities further down the process. 

Attendees will learn about:
The use of metadata standards in the publishing data workflow and how early incorporation of such frameworks will both save time and support high quality outputs.

Meeting agenda

Introduction to metadata standards - the numbers, why we need catalogues/registries
The Metadata Standards Catalog (Alex Ball)
Cross-linked metadata standards, repositories and the data policies - The BioSharing Information and Education Resource (Peter McQuilton)
Publishing data workflows - the relationship between standards, data repositories and journal publishers (Fiona Murray)
Q&As and Open Discussion

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

Librarians, researchers, policy makers, journal editors, publishers, service providers, curators and developers; and in general anyone looking to know more who lack the support and guidance on how to best navigate and select the various content standards and understand their maturity, or to find the databases that implement them; or simply do not have enough information to make an informed decision on which content standards or database should be recommended in a policy, funded or implemented.