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!