Proper Attribution for Curation and Maintenance of Research Collections: Metadata Recommendations of the RDA/TDWG Working Group
An RDA Europe 4.0 funded CODATA Data Science Journal Research paper in the RDA special collection
RDA Europe 4.0 funds the publication of up to 30 articles of the CODATA Data Science Journal special collection, with the aim to gather and promote research results and outcomes stemming from the Research Data Alliance activities. In particular, it collects high quality papers describing the latest results of RDA working groups (WGs) or interest groups (IGs) focusing particularly on use cases that highlight the added value of the RDA solutions for different challenges related to research data sharing and management.
In this series RDA Europe 4.0 highlights the articles peer reviewed and published in the DSJ special collection on RDA. RDA community members Anne E. Thessen , Matt Woodburn, Dimitrios Koureas, Deborah Paul, Michael Conlon, David P. Shorthouse, Sarah Ramdeen published the research paper “Proper Attribution for Curation and Maintenance of Research Collections: Metadata Recommendations of the RDA/TDWG Working Group”.
The research paper on Proper Attribution for Curation and Maintenance of Research Collections
Research collections are an important tool for understanding the Earth, its systems, and human interaction. Despite the importance of collections, many are not maintained or curated as thoroughly as we would like. Part of the reason for this is the lack of professional reward for collection, curation, or maintenance. To address this gap in attribution metadata, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) organization co-endorsed a Working Group to create recommendations for the representation of attribution metadata. After 18 months, this Working Group recommended the use of PROV entities and properties to link people (Agent), the curatorial actions they perform (Activity), and the digital or physical objects they are curating (Entity). Assigning a Role to an Agent is optional. These recommendations are discussed in the context of the RDA, TDWG, and existing standards. Future work includes adapting these recommendations to the specific needs of TDWG and developing a pilot application in collaboration with ORCID and the Data Futures project. Read the full paper: DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2019-054
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