Individuals from around the world have joined forces to form Metadata 2020, a collaboration that advocates for richer, connected, and reusable metadata describing all research outputs. Why?
- Richer metadata fuels discoverability and innovation.
- Connected metadata bridges gaps between systems and communities.
- Reusable metadata eliminates duplication of effort.
When we settle for inadequate metadata, none of these improvements are possible and everyone using those research outputs suffers as a consequence.
This collaboration 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 scholarly metadata, and provide resources for all who have a stake in creating and using it.
Metadata 2020 will demonstrate why robust 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. Metadata 2020 will offer workshops, resources, and evaluation and development tools.
The initiative will facilitate communication among the various communities involved in scholarly communications. Metadata 2020 representatives will be speaking at several conferences and events this year, including the Charleston Preconference on Tuesday, November 7, and London Info International on Tuesday, December 5.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) program director for SHARE, Judy Ruttenberg, is serving as an advocate to Metadata 2020. View a current list of founders, advisors, and advocates on the Metadata 2020 website.