status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Keith Jeffery, Rebecca Koskela, Alex Ball

Group Email: [group_email]

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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.  

 

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

  1. The only difference between metadata and data is the 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

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 https://bit.ly/2X11UFq  
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.

 

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 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.  

 

 

Adoption Story: Improving the Copernicus Climate Data Store metadata scheme with the RDA metadata standards repository

 

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

  • 2020-11-09 - 2020-11-12 RDA Plenary 16 Costa Rica (Virtual)
  • 2019-10-23 - 2019-10-25 RDA Plenary 14 Helsinki
  • 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

 

Posts

23
February
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 17 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the FAIR Data Maturity Model WG Congratulations! Your RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (VP17) session application titled Metadata and Granularity: a deeper examination for the FAIR Data Maturity Model has been approved by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
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23
February
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 17 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Metadata IG, Congratulations! Your RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (VP17) session application titled ‘Syntactic and Semantic Conversion of Metadata’ has been approved by the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.
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05
February
2021

Data Granularity WG Case Statement for review

by Katherine McNeill

Dear colleagues, The RDA Data Granularity Working Group Case Statement is under community review until March 5, 2021.
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29
January
2021

RDA VP17 Session proposal submission

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear Metadata IG members,    Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 17 titled ‘Syntactic and Semantic Conversion of Metadata’. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 26 February.    Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at enquiries@rd-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you.    Regards, 
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29
January
2021

RDA VP17 Session proposal submission

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear FAIR Data Maturity Model WG, Metadata IG and Data Granularity WG members,    Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 17 titled ‘Metadata and Granularity: a deeper examination for the FAIR Data Maturity Model’. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 26 February.   
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22
January
2021

RDA's 17th Plenary - Submission deadlines coming up!

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear Metadata IG Members,   With RDA VP17 fast approaching, we would like to bring the following news and key dates to your attention:   Call for Sessions closing on 26 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC. The deadline for submitting your session proposal is almost here! To submit your request for a breakout session, please complete the form below which corresponds to your meeting type. 
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04
January
2021

RDA P17 Metadata IG session

by Rebecca Koskela

All, The Metadata IG is planning for session(s) at P17. At past plenaries, we have held both MIG sessions and Joint MIG sessions with other groups. We would like to hear your ideas for either a MIG session or a Joint session for P17. One of the ideas we've had is a session on interconverting metadata by those who have tried to map between schemes at one point or another. Other ideas? The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to January 26th but we would like ideas/suggestions by January 19th.
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04
December
2020

P17 Participation Opportunities

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

  Dear Interest Group members,   With the planning of RDA VP17 upon us, we would like to bring a couple of time-sensitive opportunities to your attention:   Open Call for Co-located Events
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20
November
2020

Applying DDI-CDI (Data Documentation Initiative-Cross Domain Integration) to the EOSC

by Rebecca Koskela

Members of MIG, This may be interest and the first workshop is today. ————————— DDI and CODATA are collaborating on a new EOSC Co-Creation project, to complete in March 2021, which will be looking at the possible application of the new DDI-Cross Domain Integration (DDI-CDI) standard in an EOSC context. The project will be conducted as an investigation of technical requirements for data sharing, composability and integration that can usefully be met by implementing this model. A series of meetings with
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10
November
2020

RE: Survey on Caliper - Serving statistical classifications on the web

by Caterina Caracciolo

Dear all, This is a kind reminder of the invite below, to take a survey on Caliper, a platform developed at FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) with the goal of improving the availability and accessibility of statistical classifications. Please note that the deadline for completing the survey has been extended until Sunday November 15. Many thanks for your collaboration, your feedback is greatly appreciated! Caterina - Show quoted text -From: Caracciolo, Caterina (ESS) Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:19 AM
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