Webinar: Metadata for Managing Scientific Research Data

I attended the NISO/DCMI webinar Metadata for Managing Scientific Research Data presented by Jane Greenberg just now and thought I’d leave share some take-aways:

  1. If you think the bibliographic world is a mess, wait until you get an eyeful of the research data world.
  2. Data sets need metadata and boy, are there a ton of options. Among those mentioned: Dublin Core, MARC, DataCite, Darwin Core, Access to Biological Collections Data (ABCD), Ecological Metadata Language, Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC), and Document Data Initiative (DDI).
  3. When picking and implementing a metadata schema for big data, focus on shareability and try to avoid creating silos.

For more information on the topic, see the paper Greenberg recently co-authored:

Willis, C., Greenberg, J. and White, H. (2012). “Analysis and synthesis of metadata goals for scientific data.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63: 1505–1520. doi: 10.1002/asi.22683

IU affiliates will be able to access the archived webinar in the near future.