RDA 11th Plenary Joint meeting: IG Metadata, WG Data Type Registries 1 & 2

Meeting title

RDA and Standards (Remote Access Instructions)

Collaborative session notes:



  • IG Metadata
  • WG Data Type Registries 1 & 2

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s)

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 Types Registry 2 group is currently following up on the work of the DTR group using this space as there is a demand for revisions based on the initial adoption experiences. The Data Type Registries Working Group will compile a set of use cases for data type use and management. It will identify and distinguish among existing ‘type registry’ efforts and their potential interaction with this group and formulate a data model and expression for types. It will also design a functional specification for type registries and propose a federation strategy among multiple type registries at both the technical and organizational levels.


Meeting objectives

There are currently two efforts underway to work with standards bodies.

A W3C/RDA Collaboration discussion led by Phil Archer was held at the Chairs meeting in Göteborg in June. The purpose of the discussion was (a) to make sure RDA group chairs know of the activity planned for W3C DXWG (Data Exchange Working Group) that plans to improve DCAT in among work on metadata standards for data exchange generally; (b) to encourage participation from RDA group chairs in this activity with the aim of closer cooperation between W3C and RDA. The W3C wishes to improve / enrich DCAT https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-dcat/ as one of its recommendations. 

The data typing effort that has been part of multiple WGs since the start of RDA was taken up by an ISO working group led by Giridhar Manepalli of CNRI. The part of ISO (the part that looks after metadata) considering it is also the part that looks after ISO 11179, the enormous and well-known to some meta meta standard. At a recently concluded ISO meeting in Denver the decision was taken to start a new series of metadata groups with Data Type Registries as a prominent use case for one of those groups, as yet unnamed. This led to discussion inside this part of ISO about ways to work with RDA and to smooth the path to ISO standardization for those RDA groups and recommendations that wanted to go in that direction, starting with these new metadata groups. The convener of the relevant ISO group is asking for advice on how to do this.

Is RDA, as a voluntary community-driven and-consensus based organization, the right forum to push for non-proprietary open standards?

Meeting agenda

  1. Introduction and purpose
  2. Metadata IG work with W3C
  3. DTR WG work with ISO
  4. Discussion
  5. Summary of discussion
  6. Next steps

Additional links to informative material related to the participating groups

Metadata Interest Group: https://rd-alliance.org/groups/metadata-ig.html
Data Type Registries 2 Working Group: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/data-type-registries-wg.html

Target audience:

RDA attendees interested in a discussion of the relationship of RDA with standards bodies.

Group chair serving as contact person:  Rebecca Koskela

Type of meeting: Working meeting

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