Metadata Working Group

The key to making research citable, searchable, and accessible is registering datasets and other research outputs with metadata – descriptions of and facts and figures about the data – that meet basic standards and adheres to a uniform, consistent schema.

The Metadata Working Group (WG) determines and maintains the DataCite Metadata Schema, in consultation with DataCite members and under the guidance of the DataCite Board. The working group actively seeks the broader community’s input and coordinates with community standards.

Refer to the Metadata Working Group Terms of Reference for more information.

DataCite welcomes community suggestions for how to improve the Metadata Schema. Refer to the DataCite Metadata Schema website for more information on how to contribute.

Current Metadata Working Group Members

Isabel Bernal

Isabel Bernal

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Co-chair

Manager of the Open Access repository of the Spanish National Research Council, DIGITAL.CSIC. Previously worked at Stichting EIFL headquarters in Rome, the European Commission Unit of Preservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage (DG INFSO) in Luxembourg, the European Union Delegation to the United States (Political and Academic Affairs Department) in Washington DC, and the University of Seville.

Jan Ashton

Jan Ashton

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co-chair

Jan is a metadata analyst at the British Library. She began her career in Cambridge University Library as a cataloguer and subject librarian, moving to Ireland to work at the University of Limerick which was implementing a new Library system. This led to her new post at a Library automation company as an Implementations analyst liaising between the users and the developers. Jan has an MSc in English and Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, a BSc in Psychology and a Library Diploma from the College of Librarianship in Wales.

Anusuriya Devaraju

Anusuriya Devaraju

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Anusuriya has extensive experience working with various national and international environmental research infrastructures and data initiatives, specializing in information modeling and developing data practices and services to support long-term preservation of and continued access to scientific digital assets such as scientific data, physical samples and instruments.

Kirsten Elger

Kirsten Elger

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As repository manager for GFZ Data Services, the geosciences domain repository hosted at GFZ (Potsdam, Germany), one of Kirsten’s aims is to support data discovery via rich metadata. Her data curation expertise include metadata standardization, harmonization and interoperability and the usage of persistent identifiers for data, text and physical samples. She is a member of the IGSN DataCite Partnership Steering Group and IGSN Allocating Agent.

Vanessa Gabriel

Vanessa Gabriel

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After working in academic libraries for a total of almost ten years and studying library and information science for three years, she has recently completed her master’s degree in digital data management in order to adapt to the changes that academic libraries are experiencing. She finished the degree with a master thesis on persistent identifier systems.

Ted Habermann

Ted Habermann

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Dr. Ted Habermann (officially known as Ray E. Habermann) spent over 25 years working in scientific data management at NOAA and NASA Data Centers, specializing on metadata creation, management, and standards. He is currently the founder and CEO of Metadata Game Changers, working with communities to understand and improve how they use metadata to share data and knowledge.

Matthias Liffers

Matthias Liffers

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With a background in information science and information technology, Matthias leads the work on the Australian Research Data Commons PIDs roadmap, has experience in minting and managing identifiers for a range of outputs, and is a member of the ROR curation board.

Maria Lucia Lizarazo

Maria Lucia Lizarazo

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Maria Lucia Lizarazo is the Administrative Coordinator of the Center of Resources for Learning and Research (CRAI) at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, where she led the implementation of the institutional strategy of research data management, and is part of the group that coordinates the open science strategy. She has experience working in the areas of technology transfer, research data management, open science, intellectual property and science, technology and innovation projects. Maria Lucia has a M.S. and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis on technology transfer and is currently member of the DataCite Americas Expert group.

Andrea Medina-Smith

Andrea Medina-Smith

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Andrea Medina-Smith is a Data Librarian with the NIST Research Library and Museum. Andrea’s work at NIST includes working with researchers to document their data for publication, assessing and developing metadata schema for various projects, and assigning persistent IDs to NIST resources. Andrea holds a Master of Science in Library Science concentrating in Archives Management from Simmons College in Boston. Prior to arriving at NIST, she worked as a digital archivist for a small educational non-profit.

Joseph Padfield

Joseph Padfield

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Joe is a Principal Scientist, in the National Gallery (NG), London, with expertise in preventive conservation, color science, conservation documentation, technical examination of paintings, generating/sharing digital images, image processing, web development, data management, and open-linked FAIR data. He is responsible for examining the “Interoperability of instrumentation and digital documentation” in the IPERION-HS (H2020) project and generating a new Data Management plan for the new E-RIHS ERIC within the E-RIHS IP (Horizon Europe) project. He also managed the The National Gallery’s involvement in the SSHOC (H2020) project and was the principal investigator on an AHRC funded project developing practical applications for IIIF.

Jessica Parland-von Essen

Jessica Parland-von Essen

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Jessica has a background in digital humanities and has been involved in Open Science and digitalization and has been working with research data management services at CSC in Finland for 8 years. Lately, she has been involved in EOSC projects (FAIRsFAIR and FAIR-IMPACT) and is also a member of the ePIC consortium management board and coordinator of PID Forum Finland.

Anne Catherine Raugh

Anne Catherine Raugh

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Anne works at the University of Maryland for NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS) as a data standards expert and metadata engineer. She focuses on issues of discoverability, reusability, and interoperability both within the PDS and among the national planetary archives that comprise the International Planetary Data Alliance.

Wendy Robertson

Wendy Robertson

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Wendy manages the institutional repository and is part of the journal publishing team at the University of Iowa Libraries. Her interests include PIDs, shareable metadata and digital preservation, especially of small journals. Previously she cataloged serials and managed eresources, and worked with digital humanities projects.

Mike Shallcross

Mike Shallcross

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Mike is an associate archivist on the Metadata and Preservation team at the University of Michigan’s Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Nicola Tarocco

Nicola Tarocco

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Nicola works at CERN and he is the principal architect of the open-source digital repository technology InvenioRDM, which powers many repositories worldwide, including Zenodo, and adopts the DataCite Metadata Schema. He is also responsible for the CERN official Institutional Repository and its new version based on InvenioRDM. His areas of interest are mainly related to open access, FAIR practices, and long-term preservation.

Hana Vyčítalová

Hana Vyčítalová

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Hana works in the National Library of Technology in Prague (NTK) as manager of the Czech National Repository of Grey Literature (NUSL) and curator of the Institutional Digital Repository of NTK. Since January 2023, she has also coordinated national metadata support for research data description and cooperates on harmonizing metadata interoperability within the Czech research infrastructure within a CARDS project.

Alexander Whelan

Alexander Whelan

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Alex is the Metadata Strategist at New York University Libraries. He brings a commitment to open-access publishing and digital non-print collections as well as a deep interest in linked data. Alex’s priority at NYU is optimizing the architecture for the accessibility of online electronic resources. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of cooperative cataloging and national metadata standards to the ongoing challenge of DOI interoperability.

Kelly Stathis

Kelly Stathis

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Technical Community Manager

Kelly leads adoption efforts and engages with the DataCite community on technical implementation. Before joining DataCite, Kelly worked at the Portage Network of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada, where they contributed to national data discovery initiatives and supported the DataCite Canada Consortium. Kelly holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, a BS in Computer Science, and a BMus in Music Composition.