METADATA 2020 : details and crosswalks of the recommendations. Can we agree?

(Image sources: METADATA 2020 initiative & UKSG Conference 2017)

Is it possible to achieve high quality metadata at the institutional level?

A new ambitious METADATA 2020 initiative's belief is that investing in richer metadata* should be the scholarly community’s top priority.

Good, satisfactory, open, connected and re-usable metadata reduces mis-communication and mis-interpretation, fuels discovery and innovation, bridges the gaps between systems and communities, and eliminates duplication of effort.

Although metadata is considered to be one of the most powerful tools available in support of scholarly communication, different organisations are still standing in front of several problems related to receiving unsatisfactory or inadequate metadata from publishers which should be delivered to the different authorized institutional repositories. 

To create awareness and resources for all who have a stake in creating and using scholarly metadatain September 2017 METADATA 2020 was launched. 

"One of the interesting ingredients for success in several current metadata projects is agreement across communities about what metadata are important for various use cases... We have collected recommendations from 10-20 organizations and communities as part of an NSF Project aimed at evaluating metadata collections in various dialects with respect to these recommendations. 
Many of these recommendations include several levels with names that reflect the importance of the concept. Our collection of 73 recommendations includes 26 that are mandatory, required, or core and 35 that are recommended, suggested, or optional" (Read on more in CAN WE AGREE?, Metadata2020 blog, 2018)

METADATA 2020 will demonstrate WHY richer metadata should be the scholarly community’s top priority, how we can all evaluate ourselves and improve, and what can be achieved when we work harder, and work together.

To that end : 

METADATA 20202 will be offering many opportunities for GETTING INVOLVED involved: workshopping, listening, creating, evaluating, and developing. Let know how you can help.

E-mail : [email protected] to stay in touch and get involved.

"Having input, and feedback from all parts of the research ecosystem will be critical to Metadata 2020’s success, and participation is open to all", - the Scholarly Kitchen.

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* Metadata is  data about data, information about information ... More comprehensive definitions address metadata as structured data supporting functions associated with an object, an object being any “entityform, or mode”, - Big Metadata, Smart Metadata, and Metadata Capital: Toward Greater Synergy Between Data Science and Metadata.

    Although Metadata research has not kept pace with other Data Science topics, there is little attention directed to this problem. This is surprising, given that metadata is essential for data science endeavors”, - Big Metadata, Smart Metadata, and Metadata Capital: Toward Greater Synergy Between Data Science and Metadata (Jane Greenberg, De Gruyter,Open Access Online: 2017-08-22) 


    Metadata for 2020 and Beyond: Collaborative approaches to advancing metadata (from SciDataCon-IDW2018)