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Metadata Driven Tools Developed for the Canada Research Data Centre Network

Presenter 1
Donna Dosman
Statistics Canada
Presenter 2
Pamela Moren
Statistics Canada

Over the past 5 years the Canadian RDC Network in partnership with Statistics Canada has developed a metadata driven catalogue for its data collection which will be incorporated into a soon to be developed Data Management tool for their newly centralized data repository. The goal of this project was to create a suite of tools with which the data and metadate are managed more efficiently and researchers can discover the collection more easily by exploiting machine actionable applications. The tools developed include a RDC Metadata editor tool in DDI3.1, an ingester tool to convert DDI2 to DDI3, a researcher discovery tool as well as a conversion tool which converts Statistics Canada metadata to DDI3. This presentation will focus on the workflow used to populate the metadata catalogue, the tools developed for the process of building the metadata catalogue as well as the tools developed that researchers will be able to use to discover the data and metadata. We will also discuss lessons learned throughout the project and what our next steps are.

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