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What’s the best way to ensure that you have access to important metadata for the scholarly resources that you use? Negotiate open metadata into your resource contracts! Find resources to get the information you need.

What To Do

  • Come to the webinar!


    Metadata 20/20 presents

    WEBINAR: Negotiating Open Metadata into your Contracts

    23 September 2021 | 11:00 - 12:30 US Eastern (View in your time zone) | Online


    Q: What’s the best way to ensure that you have access to important metadata for the scholarly resources that you use?

    A: Write it into your contracts!

    Contract negotiations are important tools for incentivizing publishers and vendors to move to more open business models. Researchers and research institutions have been working together to best plan for and accomplish this shared vision. As part of this transformative process, open metadata must be included to ensure broad access to scholarly resources and other research outputs.

    As part of Metadata 20/20’s “Your Turn” campaign, the community has expressed interest in exploring and sharing how open metadata can be negotiated into contract language for those accessing and using scholarly resources and other research outputs.


    Join us for a panel discussion about this important topic including speakers:

    Webinar Speakers

    • Adam Der, Max Planck Digital Library
    • John Chodacki, Metadata 20/20 Convenor
    • Laura Hanscom, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT
    • Lisa Mackinder, California Digital Library - CDL
    • Catherine Nancarrow, FORCE11 Researcher Bill of Rights and Principles Working Group
    • Johan Rooryck, Leiden University
    • and other members of the Metadata 20/20 community


    The discussion will:

    • Share stories from those who have incorporated metadata clauses, including how they did so and what they learned in the process.
    • Highlight organizations that are starting the exploration process of including contractual metadata clauses, with why they feel this step is important.
    • Showcase how all stakeholder groups including librarians, administrators, publishers, and researchers themselves must be involved in this important issue.
    • Provide a forum for collecting resources to support the documentation of guidelines, best practices, and/or tips and tricks about metadata in contracts.

    This event is ONLINE and offered at NO COST, though we request that you register in advance to receive the information to sign in.