Metadata IG

IG

Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established
 

 


Status: Recognised & Endorsed

The Metadata IG will concern itself with all aspects of metadata for research data.  In particular it will attempt to coordinate the efforts of the WGs concerned with metadata to produce a coherent approach to metadata covering metadata modalities of description, restriction, navigation, provenance, preservation and the use of metadata for the purposes discovery, contextualisation, validation, analytical processing, simulation, visualisation and interoperation.  It will also liaise with the other WGs especially Data Foundation and Terminology, PIDs, Standardisation of data categories and codes and Data Citation.  This IG activity relates to data management policies and plans of research organisations and researchers, and to policies and standards of research funders and of research communities which may or may not be official standards.

The metadata IG will organise itself through online meetings and face-to-face meetings of members of the IG present at RDA Plenary events.  It is proposed that – while membership is open to any RDA registered member – key members will be the leaders of the WGs concerned with metadata.  In order to get the renovated IG working I volunteer to initiate this activity but would expect elections and handover to someone else after an initial period.

Metadata Principles - Created and endorsed by all the RDA metadata groups

  1. The only difference between metadata and data is mode of use
  2. Metadata is not just for data, it is also for users, software services, computing resources
  3. Metadata is not just for description and discovery; it is also for contextualisation (relevance, quality, restrictions (rights, costs)) and for coupling users, software and computing resources to data (to provide a  VRE)
  4. Metadata must be machine-understandable as well as human understandable for autonomicity (formalism)
  5. Management (meta)data is also relevant (research proposal, funding, project information, research outputs, outcomes, impact…)

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Current Activity

Joint Session Metadata IG, Metadata Standards Catalog WG, Data in Context IG

Meeting Location: Commonwealth B

Attendancehttp://bit.ly/2YJUSDN

Collaborative session notes: http://bit.ly/2Utwzuv

 

Meeting objectives
Metadata is a critical component of the RDA vision for researchers and innovators to openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. Metadata enables researchers and users to understand the structure, limitations, definition and description of not just data but also software and computational environments. The Metadata Interest Group would like to reach out to other RDA Interest Groups and Working Groups where metadata is important to the goals of their group.
 
The objectives of this joint session are:

  1. Present the current status of the Metadata Standards Catalog and the transition to a maintenance group;
  2. Present the current status of the metadata element set and next steps;
  3. Ensure coordination among the metadata groups and representatives of domain (subject area) groups and other infrastructure groups attending; identify cross-group liaisons among the groups
  4. Discuss status of the Data in Context IG and call for a new co-chair

Meeting agenda (slides)

  • Welcome, Introductions, and Review Objectives of the Meeting
  • Metadata Standards Catalog WG Update
  • Update on Metadata Element Set
  • Perspectives from other Groups:
  • Short presentations from other RDA groups on the use of metadata in accomplishing their goals
    • RDA / TDWG Metadata Standards for attribution of physical and digital collections stewardship WG - Anne Thessen
    • Data Discovery Paradigms IG – Mingfang Wu
    • Vocabulary methods and the topic dimension of metadata – Charles Vardeman
    • GO FAIR- Erik Schultes
    • Chemistry Research Data IG – Ian Bruno
  • Group Discussion and Identification of cross-group liaisons
  • Future of Data in Context IG
  • Wrap-up

Target audience
Anyone interested in metadata for the objectives of RDA; specifically, people from domain and infrastructure groups wishing to utilize metadata for their purposes. Members of RDA metadata groups other than Metadata IG, Data in Context IG, and the Metadata Standards Catalog WG who are interested in the goals of the various RDA metadata Interest Groups and Working Groups.
 

Metadata Standards Directory:

The RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group supports a collaborative, open directory of metadata standards applicable to scientific data. Additions or updates to the directory can be made here.  

 

Metadata Standards Catalog:

The RDA Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group supports an open directory of metadata standards applicable to scientific data that is both human readable and machine readable using an API. Additions or updates to the directory can be made here.  

 

Metadata Element Set:

The metadata groups intend to recommend the following metadata element set. Please note that each element needs 'unpacking' to get to something recognizable and actionable by a computer. The comments from reviewers are listed for each element. The folder for all elements is here.

 

Element URL Volunteer Leader
Unique Identifier (for later use including citation) http://bit.ly/2ryRr12 Nick Juty
Location (URL) http://bit.ly/2rujALv  
Description http://bit.ly/2ss2CwH  
Keywords (terms) http://bit.ly/2se44QX  
Temporal coordinates http://bit.ly/2sdVKAR  
Spatial coordinates http://bit.ly/2ru6kGt  
Originator (organisation(s) / person(s)) http://bit.ly/2ruFCgZ  
Project http://bit.ly/2rukIid  
Facility / equipment http://bit.ly/2sdEj3h  
Quality http://bit.ly/2svs0Cc Jane Greenberg
Availability (licence, persistence) http://bit.ly/2t56LEy Nick Juty
Provenance http://bit.ly/2se59Z1  
Citations http://bit.ly/2se9efQ  
Related publications (white or grey) http://bit.ly/2rjHFR5  
Related software http://bit.ly/2rutPzn  
Schema http://bit.ly/2srMUl3  
Medium / format http://bit.ly/2svtEEe  

 

As noted above, these are elements, not single-valued attributes.  Most will have internal syntax (structure) and use of terms that require declared semantics. Also it is not exhaustive; it is expected that particular subject domains will have much greater lists of elements.  This list is intended to be the recommend list of elements that should be provided by all within RDA to

  1. permit discovery,
  2. support contextualisation (assessment of relevance and value) and
  3. facilitate action (interoperation including query and integration).

Use Case Analysis:

The initial use case Analysis was presented in Session 9 joint meeting of all the metadata groups at Plenary 6 in Paris. Below are some revised slides based on the feedback from that meeting and the master use case spreadsheet showing the process.

 

FAIR guiding principles published in Nature journal

The FAIR Principles address these needs by providing a precise and measurable set of qualities a good data publication should exhibit - qualities that ensure that the data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship have been published.

 

Past Plenaries

  • 2019-04-02 - 2019-04-04 RDA Plenary 13 Philadelphia
  • 2018-11-05 - 2018-11-08 RDA Plenary 12 Gabarone
  • 2018-03-19 - 2018-03-21 RDA Plenary 11 Berlin
  • 2017-09-19 - 2017-09-21 RDA Plenary 10 Montreal
  • 2017-04-05 - 2017-04-07 RDA Plenary 9 Barcelona
  • 2016-09-15 - 2016-09-17 RDA Plenary 8 Denver
  • 2016-03--01 - 2016-03-03 RDA Plenary 7 Tokyo
  • 2015-09-23 - 2015-09-25 RDA Plenary 6 Paris
  • 2015-08-03- 2015-11-03 RDA Plenary 5 San Diego
  • 2014-09-22 - 2014-09-24  RDA Plenary 4 Amsterdam
  • 2014-03-26 - 2014-03-28  RDA Plenary 3 Dublin
  • 2014-02-24 - 2014-02-25 RDA Europe Munich Meeting

 



Recent Activity

16 May 2019

Plenary 14: Call for Sessions, Collocated Events, Posters and Registration Now Open!

Taking place from 23-25 October 2019, the 14th RDA Plenary will take place in Dipoli, the nature-immersed building of Aalto University, Helsinki, in Finland, “one of the happiest countries in the world”, states Per Öster, CSC-IT Center For Science Director and Co-Chair of the P14 Programme Committee.

 

03 Apr 2019

RDA FAIRsharing WG output and adoption: FAIRer Resources for FAIRer Data

Dear RDA colleagues,

Today, in an open access /Nature Biotechnology/ article, *69 authors*
have come together as a community, representing the core *adopters*,
*advisory board members*, and/or key *collaborators* of FAIRsharing
(https://fairsharing.org), a resource launched in 2011 and matured under
the guidance of the *joint Force11 and RDA WG* and it international
userbase community.

16 Feb 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4 MARCH - Call for Papers, Drexel-CODATA FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop, 31 March-1 April

Following a number of requests and understanding the many pressure of
potential participants’ time, the Programme Committee of the Drexel-CODATA
FAIR and Responsible Research Data Management Workshop

has
decided to extend the deadline for submissions to 4 March:
https://conference.codata.org/Drexel_CODATA_2019/

19 Mar 2018

Re: [rda-metadata-ig][rda-datacontext-ig][mscwg] Metadata IG Sessions at RDA P11 in Berlin

Oya,

Yes, it does sound like the groups are addressing similar topics. I (and
perhaps Keith Jeffery) will join the the BoF during
session 3 to understand what extensions which interest that group. The DXWG
of W3C is considering improvements to DCAT. Keith Jeffery will be
presenting the issues in session 8 on Friday. It would be interesting to
see if the extensions of interest to
the BoF are already being considered by the W3C DXWG and we invite you to
session 8 on Friday.

Regards,
Rebecca

19 Mar 2018

RE: [rda-metadata-ig][rda-datacontext-ig][mscwg] Metadata IG Sessions at RDA P11 in Berlin

Dear Rebecca,

I just noticed a common objectives between the BoF meeting “Improving the FAIRness of scientific data with DCAT-AP “ and the join meeting of IG Metadata, WG Data Type Registries

Both the BoF and the join meeting targets to improve DCAT.

Please see the statement:

https://rd-alliance.org/improving-fairness-scientific-data-dcat-ap-rda-1...