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Metadata 2020 initiative launched

Metadata can be defined as a “set of data that describes and gives information about other data”.

As The Scholarly Kitchen alerts in an article discussing the new Metadata 2020 initiative, good metadata enables information discoverability and access, and is a powerful tool in scholarly communications.

Metadata 2020 is a global collaboration that has the goal of rallying and supporting the community around the critical issue of sharing richer metadata for research communications. It advocates for richer, connected, and reusable metadata for all research outputs. This is because:

  • Richer metadata fuels discoverability and innovation
  • Connected metadata bridges the gaps between systems and communities
  • Reusable, open metadata eliminates duplication of effort.

A news release announcing the initiative advises that Metadata 2020 will engage publishers, aggregators, service providers, librarians, funders, and researchers to participate by committing to improving the quality and interoperability of their metadata. The aim is to both raise awareness of the importance of scholarly metadata, and provide resources for all who have a stake in creating and using it.

Metadata 2020 will demonstrate why richer metadata should be the scholarly community’s top priority, how everyone can self-evaluate and improve, and what can be achieved when the community works together toward a common goal. Workshops, resources, and evaluation tools will be offered.

Article credit: Information on the Metadata 2020 website is licenced by CC BY 4.0.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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