Revitalizing the Metadata Working Group

Saying “hello” in my first blog post for Data.gov. I’m David E. McClure, Jr., J.D. (not to be confused with GSA Associate Administrator, David L. McClure, Ph.D.) on detail to Data.gov from the NOAA OCIO and couldn’t be prouder to be a member of the Data.gov team and leading the newly revitalized metadata working group.

Effective metadata is the fulcrum for leveraging open government data to serve the public. Data.gov organizes its metadata in a way very similar to most of those governments throughout the world that also employ open data to deliver better mission value and foster democracy by enabling transparency, participation, and collaboration. The most common approach is to describe all data resources with a core set of metadata elements based on Dublin Core and add extensions for various domains such as geospatial data.

Data.gov has recently reached out across the agencies of the U.S. government to revitalize a Metadata Working Group to take the Data.gov metadata to the next level. Contributing agencies include Health and Human Services, Federal Communications Commission, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social Security Administration, U. S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, General Services Administration, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Census Bureau. The working group is working to deliver, over the next few months, three new increments of value through the Data.gov metadata:  These are to: one, finalize the core metadata design for the first operational release of the Open Government Platform (OGPL, https://www.data.gov/blog/welcome-community-open-government-platform ); two, customize the OGPL metadata to meet the specific needs of the U.S. government’s instance of OGPL; and, three, extend the metadata structure to support the next generation of open data capabilities, such as the semantic web and federated data catalogs.

Exciting times ahead! You can find the current metadata template here.  I welcome your comments and suggestions!

4 Responses to “Revitalizing the Metadata Working Group”

  1. vassilios.peristeras@ec.europa.eu

    Hello David,

    It is really great to see a broad initiative from the US government in the area of metadata.

    >>The most common approach is to describe all data resources with a core set of metadata elements based on Dublin Core

    I would like to draw your attention to the work my unit (European Commission, ISA Unit [1]) in close collaboration with W3C are about to finalize, called the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS). I provide this page [2] as a reference.

    Please also take a closer look to the work of the W3C LGD WG, which includes work on DCAT [3], a vocabulary to describe Data Catalogs. The same WG will become the place where ADMS will be discussed soon. Both DCATR and ADMS are expected to become W3C recommentations/notes within 2012.

    Last, you can find here a white paper promoting the idea of open government metadata [4].

    >>Effective metadata is the fulcrum for leveraging open government data to serve the public.

    I fully support this statement of yours, and I believe that it is just the right time for international collaboration for agreeing on common metadata.

    Kind Regards,

    Vasssilios Peristeras

    [1] http://ec.europa.eu/isa/

    [2] https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/key-specifications-interoperability-developed-eu%E2%80%99s-interoperability-solutions-european-public-a

    [3] http://www.w3.org/2011/gld/wiki/Data_Catalog_Vocabulary

    [4] https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/towards_open_government_metadata_0.pdf

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