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VIRTUAL EVENT: Enhanced data services with structured metadata

24 February 2021, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

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This webinar will explore metadata management in the real world and will focus on enhanced data services with structured metadata. It will feature presentations from Metadata Technology North America and the UK Data Service.

This event is free.

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Jennie Blows

Both Metadata Technology North America and the UK Data Service are tackling some of the practical problems that face every researcher and data analyst.

Both organisations also have a similar approach which leverages underlying metadata to drive ‘services’ to discover, explore, visualise and sub-set data with the minimum of data wrangling.


Rich Data Services

Speakers: Pascal Heus and Carson Hunter (Metadata Technology)

This presentation will focus on Rich Data Services (RDS), an innovative platform from Metadata Technology North America aiming to the delivery of data as a service.

Features includes an industry standard representational state transfer (REST) based Application Programming Interface (API), concurrent access to data and metadata, web-based applications for exploring, tabulating, or downloading the data, and much more. RDS aims to empower information systems, reduce data wrangling, and overall modernise data publication and access.

It broadly serves data producers, data scientists, traditional researchers, application developers, and casual users. 

Smart Energy Research Laboratory

Speaker: Darren Bell (UK Data Service)

This presentation will focus on the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) a five-year consortium project between the UK Data Archive and UCL.

The presentation will describe how we have approached storing cross-disciplinary data at scale using a variety of data models, including wide column store and property graph on a Hadoop platform.  

Darren will consider some of the challenges in treating data at the data point level and how going forward. This can support a 'domain agnostic' and truly interoperable approach to subsetting variable data and generating bespoke data products in real time form sources as diverse as the Internet of Things (IoT) meter data and 'traditional' social science surveys.

Metadata management in the real world seminar series

Organised by the Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) Data Managers Network, this webinar series aims to provide a forum for knowledge sharing, training and discussion related to the practical implementation of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and metadata standards.