This month we’d like to discuss collaboration and the contributions working groups have been making to the metadata manifest. Describing data sets consistently, accurately and thoroughly poses numerous challenges. Respecting the researchers time, avoiding confusion about terms and formats in order to promote interdisciplinary use, documenting steps taken to protect and promote the rights of research subjects… etc. are just a handful of issues we’ve been discussing. Taking steps to capture this information and translate it into a functional schema has been a major work in progress.
In order to avoid re-inventing the wheel we’ve reached out to other repositories and projects that promote the collection, description and reuse of open online community (OOC) data. Also, we have been participating in OCDF leadership meetings in order to keep in touch with the Privacy & Ethics, and Infrastructure working groups.