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Study Period Introduction

Many organizations have recognized the need to develop and share programatically accessible terminologies, services and data collection forms. At the May 2008 SC32 Plenary meeting in Sydney, Australia, following the 11th annual Metadata Open Forum Exit Disclaimer logo the WG2 passed a resolution to form a Study Period to investigate possible new metadata registry standards in: Forms (or data collection instruments), Terminology, and Services.

The work during the study period will focus on building a consensus and plan address the following:

  • the requirements, involving possible users where this is relevant;
  • the relationships with other work, the technical approach and technical feasibility of a New Proposal, including identification of reference material on technical issues and initial material if available;
  • the preparation of a detailed plan of work covering the timetable, resource requirements and resource availability (technical and administrative).

This wiki page and its child pages have been created to aid the study period members in preparing and documenting the above. To join this wiki with editing privileges, please click on the "New Account" link.

Users who have requested/received wiki accounts may attach related materials directly to the wiki. Refer also to the NCI's caMDR Gforge project archive for the GForge: WG2N1118 Metadata Study Period Documents.

** NOTE THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS **

Background

To enable data processing systems to be written to discover and use these types of resources accurate, unambiguous and verifiable metadata is a prerequisite. With appropriate metadata standards for these types of objects, systems could be designed to allow owners to register and share electronically the essential characteristics necessary for common understanding of what and how these resources are intended for use. While the ISO/IEC 11179 addresses unambiguous representation and registration of data elements, no such standard exists for these important objects that are essential for developing interoperable information systems. A standard metadata framework to describe the essential characteristics of these types of objects in ways that can be compared and interpreted is needed.

The envisioned metadata standards would be similar to the ISO/IEC 11179 Metadata Registries standard Part 3 in which the registry and basic attributes of each type of object are defined and can be specified and registered in a metadata registry.

This session will facilitate developing a common understanding of some of these characteristics for each type of object. Participants will share existing metamodels and emerging specifications, discuss common needs, approaches and priorities and possible next steps that could lead to the development of new ISO standards in these areas.

The study period would be of interest to information developers, information managers, data administrators, standards developers and others who are responsible for designing systems in which these types of metadata objects are understandable and shareable.

Metadata Study Period Goals

From Wikipedia: A model is an abstraction of phenomena in the real world; a metamodel _is yet another abstraction, highlighting properties of the model itself. A model conforms to its metamodel in the way that a computer program conforms to the grammar of the programming language in which it is written.

The goal of the study period is conduct research into the current standards and initiatives for each of the three areas, and to document the 'as-is' and 'to-be' (requirements). This will lead to either a draft NP (New Proposal) for a new work area, suitable for development of a standard metamodel specification, or to conclude that further study is needed. If after the initial inquiry and research, it is determined that the group is ready to submit a NP, it would be then subject to formal approval of the SC32 before submission to JTC1.

Participants in the study period are asked to contribute to one or more of the three focus areas, each described on the subpages of this wiki page:

The ISO/IEC 11179, Ed 2, Part 3 contains descriptive text and metamodels describing the classes and attributes and the relationships between them, that are required for development and registration of unambiguous, human and machine interpretable meanings for data. From this standard arises the phrases used here "metadata", "metadata registry", and "data element semantics".

The vision for this initiative is similar, that a standard metamodel and descriptive text for the semantics of various types of information technology resources, here specifically Forms, Terminologies and Services, can be developed to facilitate understanding and use of these resources by humans and machines.

Directory

Name

Contact

Interest

Affiliation

Country

Denise Warzel

warzeld@mail.nih.gov

Convenor

National Cancer Institute,
Center for Biomedical Informatics
and Information Technology (CBIIT)

USA

Baba Piprani

babap@attglobal.net

---

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Canada

Dave Iberson-Hurst

dibersonhurst@cdisc.org

Forms

---

UK

Dongwon Jeong

djeong@kunsan.ac.kr

---

---

Korea

Doo-Kwon Baik

baikdk@korea.ac.kr

---

---

Korea

Frank Tanoh

ytanoh@CS.MAN.AC.UK

Services

University of Manchester

UK

Gail Hodge

ghodge@iiaweb.com

Terminology

---

USA

Dan Gillman

gillman_d@bls.gov

Forms

---

USA

Hajime HORIUCHI

hhori@netlaputa.ne.jp

---

---

Japan

HE Yangfan

heyangfan927@163.com

---

---

---

Harold Solbrig

Solbrig.Harold@mayo.edu

Terminology

Mayo

USA

Isabelle Dezegher

isabelle.de_zegher-1@novartis.com

 

Novartis

 

Judith Newton

jnewton@ashcomp.com

Terminology

---

USA

Thomas M. Johnson

Johnson.Thomas@mayo.edu

Terminology

Mayo

USA

Katy Wolstencroft

katherine.wolstencroft@manchester.ac.uk

Services

University of Manchester

UK

Kevin Keck

kdkeck@lbl.gov

---

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

USA

Laura Reece

laura.reece@ngc.com

---

Northrup Grumond

USA

Liz Kolster

liz.kloster@ssc.govt.nz

---

---

New
Zeland

Margherita Sini

Margherita.Sini@fao.org

---

---

USA

Masharu Obayahsi

obayashi@kthree.co.jp

---

---

Japan

Ray Gates

gatesray@rogers.com

---

---

Canada

Salvatore Mungal

salvatore.mungal@duke.edu

Terminology

Duke University

USA

Scott Oster

oster@bmi.edi.osu

Services

Ohio State University

USA

Steve Harris

steve.harris@comlab.ox.ac.uk

Forms

Oxford Computing Lab

USA

Sun Guangzhi

sungz@cnis.gov.cn

---

China National Institute of Standardization

China

Tim Morris

TTMORRI@emory.edu

Forms

Emory University

USA

Wang Chong

wangchong_whu@yahoo.com.cn

---

---

China

WANG Jian

wangjian_sd@163.com

---

---

China

xing Liqiang

xinglq@cnis.gov.cn

---

---

China

Yang JianJvn

yangjj@cesi.ac.cn

---

---

China

Zhang Yanqi

zhangyq@cnis.gov.cn

---

China National Institute of Standardization

China

Thomas White, MD, MS, MA

covetmw@omh.state.ny.us

Forms/Measures

Bureau of Mental Health Informatics New York State Office of Mental Health

USA

 

 

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