OTN at DCAT/Geospatial Metadata Ad-hoc Meeting in Dublin
On 22 June 2016 OTN hosted a four-hour OGC Ad-Hoc meeting on metadata standards. With about 50 people in the meeting room and almost 20 people online, there was a lot of interest in the subject. With the 'créme de la créme' of the meta-data experts in the meeting, a very interesting and animated discussion took place.
The meeting started with a presentation by Lieven Raes (CORVE) titled 'Lost in the MetaData Standards.'Pieter Colpaert (iMinds) and Stepan Kafka (HSRS) also prepared and gave a short presentation each on the OTN way integrates geospatial and non-geospatial Metadata.
Among the presenters were people from JRC, OGC, FGDC (US SDI team) who gave an overview of all the existing geo-related standards and the participants also discussed the importance of integrating portals and making open data available to developers/users in the way they like to use/discover the data. The conclusion was today there is some uncertainity as to whether developers and users will come to one's data portal to find the right data.
At the end of the meeting, the organisers decided with unanimity that this initiative was very valuable and important to extend to other projects or cities. Lieven and Danny Vandenbroucke (University of Leuven) were asked to extend the initiative in a more formal way under the (DWG) Meta data working group of OGC which is led by Mr. David Danko. The fact that OTN can act under an existing Domain Working Group is very interesting because a lot of administrative work has already been done. Also, the cooperation with W3C was discussed. Bart Delathouwer and Lieven stressed that this initiative was already tuned with W3C.
The next steps would be to work on a more specific program focused on finding answers to the main topics. The group will take a look at the value of existing evolving metadata standards like (geo)dcat with the aim of making (meta)data more discoverable for users even if this metadata is a classic dataset, (geo)webservice or an API.