Projects

The Metadata 2020 Community Groups assessed their challenges and opportunities, and six themes emerged which will now be evolved as Projects.

Each Project welcomes voluntary participation from any individual from research communications who has expertise they think could benefit the work, and time to commit to meetings and offline work. If you are interested in contributing to a project, please fill out this online survey, and we’ll get back to you with more details.

Projects include:

1. Researcher communications

Exploring ways to align efforts between communities that aim to increase the impact and consistency of communication with researchers about metadata.

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2. Metadata recommendations and element mappings

To converge communities and publishers towards a shared set of recommended metadata concepts with related mappings between those recommended concepts and elements in important dialects.

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3. Defining the terms we use about metadata

In order to communicate effectively about anything, a common language must be acknowledged, tacitly or purposefully. In the metadata space, there is not agreement on what words like ‘property’, ‘term’, ‘concept’, ‘schema’, or ‘title’ refer to. This project will develop a glossary of words associated with metadata, both for core concepts and disciplinary areas.

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4. Incentives for improving metadata quality

To highlight downstream applications and value of metadata for all parts of the community, telling real stories as evidence of how better metadata will meet their goals.

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5. Shared best practice and principles

To build a set of high level best practices for using metadata across the scholarly communication cycle, in order to facilitate interoperability and easier exchange of information and data across the stakeholders in the process.

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6. Metadata evaluation and guidance

To identify and compare existing metadata evaluation tools and mechanisms for connecting the results of those evaluations to clear, cross-community guidance.

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