Do More

Join a working group

Help solve one of the “Big Problems”. Collaborate with other groups and organizations that are doing work with Metadata to ensure that our combined efforts lead to the greatest impact.

What To Do

  • Consider which impact area you want to contribute to.

  • Find an active working group participating in this area, using the resources below as a starting point.

  • Get involved!



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These working groups are working on fundamental metadata challenges such as interoperability, infrastructure and best practices.

Data Preservation, Metadata, and Interoperability Working Group | DataOne

The Data Preservation, Metadata, and Interoperability Working Group will 1) identify, evaluate, select, and implement the standards, tools, procedures, and internal policies needed to support data curation and preservation and metadata management; 2) exercise the standards, procedures, and tools deployed at the initial system implementation; 3) develop a plan for a comprehensive internal summative evaluation to determine the effectiveness of tools, procedures, and systems. The working group functions as two subgroups: One addressing Preservation topics and the other, Metadata topics.

DLF AIG Metadata Assessment Interest Group (AIG) Working Group | CLIR+DLF

The DLF Metadata Assessment Working Group strives to collaboratively build guidelines, best practices, tools, and workflows around the evaluation and assessment of metadata used by and for digital libraries and repositories. We fulfill this mission by supporting discussions of metadata assessment and quality control, sharing metadata assessment approaches, and fostering a community of dedicated metadata assessment professionals.

Specific Communities

Some working groups focus on specific communities.

Data and Metadata Working Group | Citizen Science Association

The mission of the Data and Metadata Working Group is to support, advance, and facilitate data interoperability among and between citizen science projects, and other data repositories; and, to promote collaboration in citizen science via the development and/or improvement of international standards for data and metadata.

Specific Resource Types

Different types of resources have different metadata needs.

Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group | NISO

In today’s academic, research and professional information industry, video and audio are growing in popularity and volume and, with the rapid progress of streaming technology, in global reach. Libraries are seeing higher demand from their patrons, publishers are developing their media offerings, and software developers and other vendors are improving support for media assets in their products and systems. However, clear, mutually accepted recommendations do not exist for the academic, research and professional information community to consistently and precisely identify and describe media assets, similar to metadata standards that are in place for text-based materials such as journals and books. This Working Group plans to establish guidelines for metadata for video and audio assets, incorporating existing standards rather than creating new ones, and covering the following categories of properties: Administrative metadata; Semantic metadata; Technical metadata; Rights metadata; Accessibility metadata.