RDA 9th Plenary Joint meeting: WG Metadata Standards Catalog, IG Metadata, IG Data in Context

Meeting title

Proposed RDA Metadata Recommendation for Interoperation

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

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

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. 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). 

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-standards-catalog-working-gr...
Metadata Interest Group: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-ig.html
Data in Context Interest Group: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/data-context-ig.html

Standard Canonical Set of Elements
Google spreadsheet (http://bit.ly/22sOegq): The resource definition is on the first tab, metadata element definitions on the second tab. Reviewers may add a new column for their review. Comments can also be added using the google comments. Permissions are set up so anyone with the link can edit.

Meeting objectives

The Metadata groups have proposed a list of metadata elements required for interoperation of data. The list consists of metadata elements that are not necessarily single valued attributes (like columns in a table). Most of the elements are complex structures involving relationships within and between the elements. The objectives of this session include: 
• Continuation of the validation of the list of metadata elements by domain groups and technical groups
• Present a process to ‘unpack’ the complex structure of the list elements with a specific example
• Breakout groups for ‘unpacking’ the rest of the elements

This meeting is an open invitation to all groups (both domain and infrastructure) to comment on and participate in the formulation of the metadata recommendations. Since metadata is central to almost all RDA activities, it is in the interests of groups to be represented.

Meeting agenda

Review objectives of the meeting (5 min)
Status of Metadata Standards Catalog (15 min)
Proposed Metadata Elements and Proposed Process for 'unpacking' the elements to an agreed syntax (15 min)
Breakout Groups Unpacking Elements (30 min)
Group Report Back (20 min)
Next Steps (10 min)


Our target audience includes domain representatives, domain repositories, and those involved in data publishing. We would like them to review the list of metadata elements for completeness for their domain and also to select which element they would like to assist in ‘unpacking’ using the process that will be presented at the meeting. Individuals with interest in metadata are invited to attend as are members of other Working Groups and Interest Groups with activities requiring metadata.

Group chairs serving as contacts: Rebecca Koskela

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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