Already a member?

Sign In

Do We Need a Perfect Metadata Standard or is "Good Enough" Good Enough?

Presenter 1
Samuel Spencer
Open Source Developer

The role of the data archivist focuses on the collation and sharing of research information. Historically, the quality of incoming digital content has been poor, a state that has driven the need for standards which can adequately capture research activities. One such standard, the Data Documentation Initiative is held as the perfect standard for archivists due to its complex promotion of reuse of survey metadata. However, its complexity has made the creation of software targeted at researchers difficult. As such, with minimal uptake of the standard in the research community, the onus still falls on archivists to transcribe incoming data into this complex standard. This presentation takes an alternative approach and examines how it might be possible to create software targeting basic researcher needs, by simplifying the task of survey research. The aim of this is to create and promote an XML standard that is "good enough" for survey researchers that will increase software adoption among the survey research community, thereby improving the quantity and overall quality of incoming metadata delivered to social science archives.

Presentation File: 
Presentation File 2: 
  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect


  • Resources


    A space for IASSIST members to share professional resources useful to them in their daily work. Also the IASSIST Jobs Repository for an archive of data-related position descriptions. more...

  • community

    • LinkedIn
    • Facebook
    • Twitter

    Find out what IASSISTers are doing in the field and explore other avenues of presentation, communication and discussion via social networking and related online social spaces. more...