BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

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BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

Postby brigitte » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:02 pm

Request for BoF Session at Gothenburg meeting:

The request here is for a 2-3 hours time-slot for brief presentations, discussion and feedback.

With massively growing amounts of data, metadata have gained increasing importance. Not always is the value of metadata itself appropriately acknowledged, and there are different notions of metadata; what is counted as data and what as metadata also varies. The curation of metadata is expected to contribute to improvements in information quality and reliability, and also to managing access and thus openness of the underlying data. Increasingly, it becomes clear that getting an overview about data collections in the age of “big data” is crucial in every advanced information management environment (see e.g. COST http://www.cost.eu/domains_actions/mpns/Actions/TD1210 ). This working group focuses on “contextual metadata” (see e.g. J. Beaudoin 2012 http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november12/beaudoin/11beaudoin2.html), and will start its activities by anticipating a particular set of viewpoints or use cases from within different scientific domains. In fact, we consider such viewpoints the most valuable starting point from which to define or span the range or emerging context of a used object (e.g. a dataset) around which the contextual metadata converge in a semantically meaningful way. The group will thus investigate available metadata approaches such as e.g. OAIS, PROV, PREMIS, MARC, CKAN, DCAT, CASRAI, VIVO, CERIF. We imagine contextual metadata as model-driven, re-usable use-case-driven and thus object-centred profiles, described by a formal syntax (for ease of computer processing) and declared semantics through controlled vocabularies, and including term inter-relationships (ontology). The use cases will guide discussions – where the models identify the formal objects and underpin the formal context or relationships in support of an overall understanding and embedding of the object itself and the contextual metadata emerging from within its use case. For setting up the use-cases, we will depart from past and current work in projects dealing with requirements, standards, data representation, data interoperability and semantic descriptions.

Use Cases:
- Output-Reporting to Funders
- Exchange of information on research activity between universities
- Management of the research portfolio of a university by a research manager
- Discovery and Re-use of research datasets for other purposes

Engagement with existing work in the area:
The investigation of requirements and applied formal means will provide a comparison of different approaches, and thus engage with existing work through harmonization and mappings. In particular the group will interact with any other working groups under RDA concerned with metadata towards building an architectural model for contextual understanding and processing. Additionally the working group will interact with relevant standardization bodies including W3C, ISO, the European Commission (and its supported research projects) and the wider ICT community.

Deliverables / Outcomes - a possible time-line:
M4: Requirements Overview document
M8: Profile Templates
M12: Selected (normalised) Contextual Metadata (vocabulary)
M15: Contextual Application Profiles possibly in different frameworks
M18: Mappings with most frequent data reporting formats


Confirmed Interested Members:
Brigitte Jörg, UKOLN, UK (chair)
David Baker, CASRAI, CA
Daan Broeder, MPG, NL
Brian Matthews, STFC, UK
Jon Corson-Rikert, Cornell, US
Keith Jeffery, STFC, UK
Simon Hodson, Jisc, UK
Andrea Scharnorst, DANS, NL
Angus Whyte, DDC, UK
Peter Mutschke, GESIS, DE
Anne-Francoise Cutting-Decelle, EC Lille, FR
Paolo Manghi, ISTI, IT
Nikos Houssos, EKT, GR
Miguel-Angel Sicilia, UoA, ES
Natalia Manola, UoA, GR
Co-chair being discussed.

The aim of the session is to get feedback about the current proposal:
- proposed use-cases
- range for feasability
- formalisation/harmonisation

In parallel a Case Statement is being submitted for setting up a working group - motivating the discussion.
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Re: BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

Postby KeithJ » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:04 am

Brigite -
I plan to attend
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Re: BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

Postby KeithJ » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:19 pm

All -
I believe we have some interesting challenges in this BoF and hopefully approved group:
1. how we interact with the other groups and particularly the proposed metadata group (which seems to me to be a very wide topic);
2. what architectural model do we adopt - for example the 4-level model proposed by various organisations/projects of: user metadata (user profile, preferences, authorities, responsibilities), data metadata (describing information sources), process metadata (describing software components and their properties) and resource (computers, networks, storage, detectors) metadata? - as used in GRIDs, CLOUDs and other e-infrastructures;
3. how do we relate discovery metadata, and detailed (schema level) metadata with contextual metadata in all of the above models;
4. what is the relationship of contextual metadata to restrictive metadata (rights, security, privacy, costs/charges etc);
5. what is the relationship of contextual metadata to navigational metadata (how to reach the object(s) of interest from the contextual metadata and associated restrictive metadata (expressed as constraints on the navigational metadata) etc?;
6. what is the relationship of contextual metadata to preservation metadata (e.g. using the OAIS framework)?;

There is plenty to discuss!
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Re: BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

Postby brigitte » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:37 pm

Hi Keith,

good to know you will attend. We have already been in contact with the Metadata group (Jane Greenberg and Rebecca Koskela) and there is certainly room and willingness for collaboration and joining forces - on both sides - and some people in both groups seem to know each other - that is even better. The Gothenburg meeting will certainly be a good opportunity for a face-to-face chat and further discussion in this respect. And it is not long to go.

Thank you for your contribution, which I will take forward to the discussion area, so we have everything at one source, i.e. that makes it easier to coordinate discussions. Please see here: http://forum.rd-alliance.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=67

For sure there is a lot to discuss. The BOF session is being prepared and you will find more information about it shortly from within the just mentioned discussion area.

Thank you for your contribution!
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Re: BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

Postby brigitte » Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:07 pm

We have Jian Qin from the School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University interested in joining the group. The updated list of Group Members is thus:

Confirmed Interested Members:
Brigitte Jörg, UKOLN, UK (chair)
David Baker, CASRAI, CA
Daan Broeder, MPG, NL
Brian Matthews, STFC, UK
Jon Corson-Rikert, Cornell, US
Keith Jeffery, STFC, UK
Simon Hodson, Jisc, UK
Andrea Scharnorst, DANS, NL
Angus Whyte, DDC, UK
Peter Mutschke, GESIS, DE
Anne-Francoise Cutting-Decelle, EC Lille, FR
Paolo Manghi, ISTI, IT
Nikos Houssos, EKT, GR
Miguel-Angel Sicilia, UoA, ES
Natalia Manola, UoA, GR
Jian Qin, School of Information Studies, NY, US

Co-chair being discussed.
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Re: BoF session on "Contextual Metadata"

Postby maxcraglia » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:31 pm

I plan to attend
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