WG Metadata for the Empirical Humanities - RDA 11th Plenary meeting

Meeting title

WG Session: Metadata for the Empirical Humanities

Collaborative session notes: 


Short introduction describing the scope of the group and if any previous activities

The Empirical Humanities Metadata WG (EHM) is conducting research and developing an adoptable and adaptable protocol for designing metadata management plans (MDMPs) in empirical humanities projects. A metadata management plan (MDMP), as a subcomponent of an overall data management plan (DMP), is a formal document that outlines how metadata elements will be selected, structured, implemented, and managed within a project, and how social conventions will be developed to ensure discoverability and citability of data. The protocol will include a set of questions to ask while generating or evaluating MDMPs, and a collection of resources and guidelines for answering those questions in different ways depending on the needs of specific projects. This question and answer workflow, developed with input from an advisory board, will guide researchers through decisions about standards, policies, and cultural expectations to make ethnographic and historical data archivable, discoverable, and shareable. 

Additional links to informative material related to the group

Read about the WG Empirical Humanities Metadata at https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/empirical-humanities-metadata-working...

Read the case statement at: https://rd-alliance.org/group/empirical-humanities-metadata-working-grou...

Meeting objectives

    To update participants on the working groups’ aims and approaches

    To report back on the implementation of a beta version of the protocol in two empirical humanities projects

    To discuss next steps and coordinate collaboration between working group members and other RDA groups working on metadata standards

Meeting agenda

    Group introductions (10 minutes)

    Update on the Empirical Humanities Metadata WG and report back on WG call-ins (20 minutes)

    Presentations describing how the protocol has been implemented in two empirical humanities projects  (20 minutes)

    Discussion and feedback on the preliminary protocol (20 minutes)

    Planning the next set of call-ins and discussion of next steps (10 minutes)

The minutes of the meeting will be published at least one week after the session as an attachment to the session’s web page and on the WG Empirical Humanities Metadata RDA page.

Target audience:

All are welcome, but the session will be especially relevant for researchers, librarians, and other practitioners working in areas of qualitative data sharing and interpretive analysis or technologists standardizing metadata practices.

Co-chairs: Lindsay Poirier

Type of meeting: Working meeting