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.
Also published on Medium.