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Survey on current practices in using schemas to describe research datasets

Background:
There is widespread and growing use of metadata schemas such as schema.org to describe research data, and to add structured metadata to landing pages so that they can be indexed by, and searchable through web search engines. There have also been increasing efforts to extend schema.org to meet specialised, discipline-dependent needs, such as bioschemas.org (life sciences) and geoscience.schema.org. Since Research Data Alliance Plenary 12, there had been discussions to start a RDA Working Group to bring together research data communnties, exchange experience and work on a common practice. The working group "Research Metadata Schemas" was endorsed in October 2019 (just before the RDA Plenary #14). This survey activity was initiated by the WG for an environmental scanning. The WG case statement and its activities can be viewed by accessing this URL: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/research-metadata-schemas-wg.

Purpose:
This survey will gather information on existing work involving schemas to describe research data and related resources. Analysis of the survey results will help repositories and the proposed working group understand current practices, identify commonalities, gaps and barriers in using schemas for describing and discovering research datasets. It is envisaged that the survey results can inform the work group in planning its objectives and deliverables, along with sharing practices between data repositories.

Who should participate:
You are welcome to participate, whether you have worked on a metadata schema, adopted or extended a metadata schema in some way, have done a cross-walk from a metadata schema to schema.org, have deveoped tools for faciliating cross-walks, or have conducted preliminary exploration of schema.org for its suitability for your repository. While we are interested in schema.org usage, we also welcome experiences with any other schema.

We estimate that it will take about 15 minutes to complete the survey.

Please help by forwarding this survey (https://goo.gl/iLunug) to your network for wider participation. Thanks!

Please click on the Survey tab below to start.











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