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CESSDA Metadata Management

Developing, promoting and implementing a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets.

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) Metadata Management project plans to develop, promote and implement a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets.

The result will be the CESSDA Metadata Standards Portfolio Version 1 which will become the standard for all Service Providers within CESSDA. It will encompass support for resource discovery, question banks, preservation and data access and help all Service Providers achieve the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) certification requirements related to metadata issues.

The Portfolio will be built mainly upon the DDI-Lifecycle standard, but it will also include elements from other relevant standards where appropriate.

The model will be platform independent and designed in a way that enables the adoption of the Portfolio for past, present, and future CESSDA data assets.

The Portfolio will also contain CESSDA controlled vocabularies for relevant metadata fields, taking into account and supporting the Data Documentation Initiative Controlled Vocabularies Group (DDI CVG) work.

A procedure for extending and updating the Portfolio within CESSDA will be proposed as well.

Archive contribution

Principal investigator:  Anne Etheridge
Funder:  CESSDA Research Infrastructure
Dates:  November 2015 - April 2017
Contact:  UK Data Service helpdesk
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