Data that are collected and forged into scientific results are the foundation for understanding how the world and societies work. Metadata are the structured and standard part of the documentation that make those data discoverable, accessible, usable, understandable and, most importantly, trustworthy. Metadata are particularly critical when we are using data that others collected and processed or when others are using our data. Well documented data that others can use and understand build important scientific partnerships.
I use quantitative approaches to characterizing and understanding metadata collections and help set measurable goals for improvement that bring new capabilities to data providers and users without forgetting that satisfied users motivate the organizational change required to integrate improved metadata into ongoing data management and sharing processes. Success at the technical and social sides of the challenge is my goal.
As metadata processes and systems evolve, on-going outreach and guidance is critical to engaging organizations and ensuring that real benefits are realized. I am available to help develop training and presentations that keep people focused on the benefits and help them capitalize on new capabilities.
I have worked with groups at all scales to understand community conventions and International Standards from ISO TC 211, the Open Geospatial Consortium, (OGC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These standards provide insight into the metadata content needed to address many important use cases. I have also worked with NASA and NOAA to 1) identify needs not addressed by the standards, 2) create extensions to the standards that address those needs, and 3) work with ISO to evolve the standards and integrate those extensions. As a participant in the ISO TC 211, I am very familiar with the ISO metadata standards and approaches to extending those standards for specific communities.