Coordination of Metadata Strategies?

Some info on metadata standards being used by JISCMRD projects is available on the commonalities spreadsheet.

There was a breakout group at the Programme Launch Workshop on metadata standards: for blogged accounts of this session, see http://researchdataessex.posterous.com/metadata-session-feedback-mrd-2011-13-program and http://sonexworkgroup.blogspot.com/2011/12/thematic-parallel-session-on-metadata.html

The Metadata Breakout Group came up with some actions, though these are reported a little differently on the two blogged accounts…:

  1. Louise [Corti] would take a first pass at a grid template and send this round for comment
  2. Projects working in similar domains to consult each other about the use of metadata, early on
  3. Simon [Hodson] to organise a Programme meeting to be held in early Spring 12 to discuss metadata further and gain some agreement.

Or…

Louise has sent me a template, and I confess – mea culpa – that it got buried for the time being. It is now available as JISCMRD Projects’ Metadata Usage.  It would be good if projects working in similar domains could build on this to share information about standards being used.  We should explore whether there is already an existing registry of metadata standards for different disciplines?  Does anyone know of such a thing?

I think it is very important for the programme as a whole develop convergence upon ‘a minimum-sufficient-information metadata set that may be widely applicable accross disciplines’ which may be used by the projects.  To work towards this end, there will be a programme workshop on aligning JISCMRD projects’ metadata strategies. I plan to organise this for May.

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5 Responses to “Coordination of Metadata Strategies?”

  1. Angus Whyte on February 16th, 2012 15:38

    Sounds like a very useful workshop. Are you thinking of a trans-disciplinary registry or a catalogue of disciplinary registries? The latter might be easier to sustain, and something we aspire to in the DCC ‘tools and services’ catalogue, which we are currently reshaping. For example Biosharing.org does an excellent job of summarising standards in the biosciences and (relatedly) the ISA approach of defining a hierarchy of ‘information-study-assay’ characteristics seems broadly adaptable to other domains. One challenge is to relate domain standards to those developed by related industries or communities, and to others that have cross-disciplinary purposes (e.g. preservation) and serve specific functions (e.g. controlled vocabularies). Sarah Higgins at Aberystwyth reminded of one resource that illustrates that very well. It’s by Jenn Riley of Indiana University Library and illustrates standards for domains relating to cultural heritage (http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~jenlrile/metadatamap/).

  2. Simon Hodson (@simonhodson99) on February 21st, 2012 09:51

    Thanks for the comment, Angus.

    You ask: ‘Are you thinking of a trans-disciplinary registry or a catalogue of disciplinary registries?’

    I think this remains to be determined. The objective is to work towards something that bests allows researchers to find and reuse datasets created in UK Universities. We are conscious that many datasets may not have a disciplinary home and therefore that a platform allowing cross searching may be needed (along the lines of Research Data Australia http://services.ands.org.au/home/orca/rda/)

    I would be interested in knowing more about where DCC thinking has moved on this. My notes from the F2F Meeting in January record an action to ‘design and scope a feasibility study for a research data metadata registry to assist data discovery’.

    Best,

    Simon.

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  5. Lindsay Wood on March 15th, 2012 14:19

    Have any other MRD projects got advice on the issue of research data ‘status’ in any of their cataloguing schemas?

    Somethin to record:
    raw/processed
    in process/analysed
    public/available on request/private/destroyed

    Is this referred to as a digital provenance element?
    Is it in METS?

    Best,

    Lindsay

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