Online Qualitative Data Resources: Best Practice in Metadata Creation and Web Standards15 November 2005Centre Point, London

The Qualitative Demonstrator Scheme (QUADS) Co-ordination, based at ESDS Qualidata, UK Data Archive is holding a one-day workshop on 15 November 2005 to discuss the fundamentals of presenting qualitative data resources on the web and for longer-term sharing and archiving. The focus is on promoting the standards available and gaining support to consolidate some of the emerging ones. Standards of relevance are those for: building sustainable web sites; harmonious data descriptions to enable rich resource discovery (metadata); and marking-up data content.

Web standards are important - good practice in web design and usability builds on compliance with W3C guidelines and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Equally, metadata plays a crucial role in the identification, retrieval, management and long-term storage of digital qualitative data. But consensus is needed to ensure common ways of describing resources, so that resource discovery strategies etc. can be pooled.

Finally, marking-up of data (using universal (XML) standards) enables richer and deeper navigation, searching and retrieval at the data content level, for example enabling web representation of raw or analysed multimedia data. Mark-up, at the data level, enables the richness of a coded textual document, links from text to audio excerpts, or researcher annotations, to be retained. Mark-up is also important for longer-term storage and preservation and more complex collaborative research and e-science type exploitation (e.g. linking multiple data and information sources). With support from the international community of data archives, ESDS Qualidata has proposed an XML community standard (schema) that is applicable to most qualitative data and would like feedback on the schema.

To add an applied dimension to the day, four current projects, that are creating online resources for qualitative data collections using XML standards and technologies, will provide an informal overview of their work.

The workshop will be of most interest to those building online resources based on qualitative data collections, and those who are working with qualitative data in the field of e-science.

There is no charge for this event.