RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report


Alex Ball, Jane Greenberg, Keith Jeffery and Rebecca Koskela (2016), RDA Metadata Standards Directory Working Group: Final Report, RDA Recommendation (Research Data Alliance).

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The Metadata Standards Directory Working Group set out to develop a directory that would enable researchers, and those who support them, to discover metadata standards that would be appropriate for documenting their research data, regardless of their academic discipline. It happened that a directory with similar aims had recently been developed independently by the UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC), so the group collaborated with the DCC on developing the directory further to achieve additional goals regarding coverage, ease of maintenance, and sustainability.

The group provided updates and additions to the entries in the DCC directory, and developed a second instance of the directory that could be maintained by the community. Additions and updates to the second instance were and are fed back to the DCC version. The second instance was designed in such a way as to simplify any future development effort, and indeed such development is being taken forward by the Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group.

As well as developing the directory itself, the group also collected use cases that will inform the work of the Metadata Standards Catalog Working Group, the Data in Context Interest Group, and the Metadata Interest Group.


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