Who am I? And how did I get here?

By Clare Dean | Sun, Aug 12, 2018

There are many new—and very welcome—Metadata 2020 participants. Some of you may have participated since the beginning. In either case, you might find it helpful to have a little more information about who does what in the initiative, and a bit about the roles we have adopted…

Clare Dean: Upholder

@ClareEDean; cdean@metadata2020.org

Things to know about me

  • I’m the one who sends you meeting invitations and requests and who frantically types/mistypes meeting notes on calls.
  • I don’t have practical experience in working with metadata. This is actually useful, as I have no preconceived ideas or opinions about how it should be worked with. It helps me facilitate discussion with neutrality. But you’ll not have much luck if you ask me something technical about metadata or individual schema.
  • I am the Metadata 2020 manager, and most of my work with the collaboration can loosely be defined as ‘project management’, but the majority of my experience is in marketing and communications. For years I have worked for academic publishers, marketing to researchers and librarians. You can ask me things that are comms-related as well as related to the general running of Metadata 2020.
  • Metadata 2020 management accounts for about a third of my work. I am an independent consultant, and work for publishers, service providers, and a professional society. My time is flexible, and most of the time I can respond to queries pretty quickly.
  • I am British but am now a US citizen. Don’t be fooled by my accent - I currently live in Boston (soon Vermont), and my timezone is EST. In my hypothetical spare time I run around after my young sons, lift heavy things, and draw.

What you can ask me

  • Ask me anything about the structure of Metadata 2020, about joining groups, Metadata 2020 presence at events, scheduling of events, writing blog posts, etc. You can also ask me questions about overlaps between projects.

Avoid asking me

  • Technical things about metadata.

Ginny Hendricks: Instigator

@GinnyLDN; ghendricks@metadata2020.org

Things to know about me

  • Grammar is important to me but after losing a bit of sleep I have finally moved to saying metadata is, not metadata are. It’s a relief, frankly.
  • I used to think metadata was an SEO thing (shudder) until I joined Crossref. Now I think it’s the ultimate form of communication and can help to liberate knowledge.
  • I have slight imposter syndrome (“Surely I am not technical enough / grown up enough”) when I think how many people are now sharing the M2020 vision and giving their time and expertise. 120 of you at last count.
  • MD2020 is also “Mad Dog 2020” which is a drink. A really bad one. I know ‘cos I tried it. It’s why we shorten this initiative to M2020 instead!
  • London has been my home for the last 13 years and it’s the longest I’ve ever been in one country. I usually tend to veer East.

What you can ask me

  • Ask me anything and I’ll tell you what I know. And what I don’t (which is quite a lot when it comes to metadata).
  • Why I instigated this initiative in the first place. The 2020 is about “vision” but of course we want to be able to see some big changes by 2020.

Avoid asking me

  • About standards. This really is not about creating new standards.
  • About Crossref. I try to keep the two jobs distinct.
  • What the specifics of the end goal are. That isn’t going to come from me. You the community is deciding along the way under this ‘umbrella’ for shared discussion and inter-group project work.

John Chodacki: Convenor

@chodacki; jchodacki@metadata2020.org

Things to know about me

  • Having worked for book, magazine, and journal publishers as well as now at California Digital Library I have a broad understanding of how metadata fuels our communities.
  • I lead a team focused on digital curation (research data management, digital preservation, and data metrics). I try to bring the insights of publishing and scholarly communications into the data world (and vice versa).
  • I believe that when the martians come in 3000 years and want to explore our ancient civilization, complex metadata schemas will only hinder their understanding of our world.
  • I live in a 12-sided house and it is as crazy as it sounds.

What you can ask me

  • Anything. I am here to help. Metadata 2020 is a passion project of mine. It touches on the core of many of our communities challenges: interoperability, unnecessary costs, community collaboration, etc.
  • Always up for geeking out on new approaches to metadata, networked research, persistent identifiers, digital publishing, research data management, digital preservation. All of it.

Avoid asking me

  • Specific metadata schemas. I am more interested in the quality of the information we share than the tags we put it in.

Project Leads

Scott Plutchak; Fiona Counsell; Ted Habermann; Jim Swainston; Alice Meadows; Michelle Urberg; Howard Ratner; Jennifer Kemp

What we do

  • Drive the projects, chair project meetings and assign tasks. The Project Leads make decisions where needed, and convene regularly to ensure that the projects are aligning.
  • Set deliverables, finalize project plans, and account for the progress of the projects

What you can ask us

  • Anything to do with the scope or advancement of the project they’re leading

Avoid asking us

  • Anything admin-based about meeting timings, the website etc.
  • Details about other projects unless they happen to also contribute to them

Community Group Chairs

Juliane Schneider; John Chodacki; Ross Mounce; Daniel Shanahan; Cameron Neylon; Marianne Calilhanna

What we do

  • Chair community group meetings, set the agendas
  • Convene occasionally to discuss Metadata 2020 progress
  • Consider how to further engage their communities with Metadata 2020 and its messages

What you can ask us

Avoid asking us

  • Specifics about projects, unless they happen to be working on one of them

As ever, I—Clare, the upholder—am your first port of call with any questions.

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