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C4D Progress update

Work on the first deliverable is, and has been, progressing steadily.

Visits to St Andrews University and the University of Glasgow proved invaluable in helping to identify the needs of the stakeholders from the perspective of researchers who have existing datasets, researchers who may want to find existing datasets, and also from the perspective of those who have a responsibility for datasets within their own organisations.

An initial discussion with Gerry Lawson was also helpful in helping to identify what the research councils/funding bodies need and what their main drivers are.

Metadata standards that support a variety of disciplines and some classification schemes have been examined. It appears that there is some overlap in the terminology used in the metadata standards from different disciplines – this may, potentially, prove beneficial.

A mapping exercise of some (selected) standards to potential CERIF entities has been carried out with a secondary aim of identifying a minimum subset of terms for classification, administration and discovery. The mapping exercise supports the overlap of terminology and shows where, potentially, there are existing CERIF entities to support metadata.

Semantics is an area where there has been some initial discussion with Brigitte Jorg but still needs further consideration and discussion.

Work is continuing on the entity mapping and the ontology.

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  1. February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

    What were/are the selected standards?

    • Sheila Garfield
      February 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      The standards were MEDIN, GEMINI2, EML, DIF, DDI, IMMA, Dublin Core and Darwin Core.

  2. February 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Some info on metadata standards being used by JISCMRD projects at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoaHWqA_UJNhdEhRT0lpTTJjUDBvUVpEMDlmYlc2RlE&hl=en_US#gid=0

    There was a breakout group at the Programme Launch Workshop on metadata standards: 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 Group came up with some precise actions:

    1. Louise 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 to organise a Programme meeting to be held in early Spring 12 to discuss metadata further and gain some agreement.

    Louise has sent me a template, and I confess – mea culpa – that it got buried for the time being. It is now available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoaHWqA_UJNhdDJ6WnM2RlBUa0w3bVJNSE9jemFZU3c&hl=en_US#gid=0

    There will be a programme workshop on aligning JISCMRD projects’ metadata strategies. I plan to organise this for May.

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