CAMP-4-DATA Proceedings Now Available

January 15, 2014

The Proceedings of the 2013 Cyberinfrastructure and Metadata Protocols for Data (CAMP-4-DATA) workshop are now available. The CAMP-4-DATA workshop was held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Dublin Core/iPRES conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Workshop organizers included, Jane Greenberg, professor and director of the Metadata Research Center, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Alex Ball, research officer, Digital Curation Center, UK; Keith Jeffery, Keith G Jeffery Consultants, UK, and president emeritus, euroCRIS; Rebecca Koskela, executive director, Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE), USA; Jian Qin, associate professor School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, USA.

Launched as a joint Dublin Core Science and Metadata (DC-SAM) Science and Metadata and Research Data Alliance (RDA) Metadata Working Group/Interest Group undertaking, DataONE DataNet; the Metadata Research Center (MRC), University of Dr. Jane GreenbergNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill; the UK Digital Curation Centre (DDC); and the euroCRIS organization also supported the workshop. The workshop’s central aims were to “examine and discuss issues surrounding metadata standards—specifically infrastructure design challenges and opportunities, applications and policies.”  The proceeding includes short papers and several extended abstracts with associated slides, and captures the essence of the discussions and group activities. Participation was international, with twenty-eight registrants from informatics, computer science and other scientific disciplines, representing 13 countries.

“Metadata is crucial to the full range of information activities and workflows underlying the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) DataNet," said Koskela, executive director of DataONE. "In addition, DataONE views provenance metadata as a “first-class citizen” and foresees its importance to grow as more applications become provenance-enabled to support more reproducible and open science. Because of the importance of metadata, DataONE was pleased to support the CAMP-4-DATA workshop.”

“RDA is emerging as a neutral space where communities such as this can come together and make an impact,” said Francine Berman, Chair of RDA/US and Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science, director, Center for a Digital Society, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “The CAMP-4-DATA workshop is a great example of an idea that evolved from conversations at the first RDA Plenary and is furthering the development of global data infrastructure.” 

On the SILS front, Greenberg, CAMP lead, provided the introduction and conclusion for the workshop. Greenberg also worked with SILS doctoral student Angela Murillo and other DataONE collaborators on a presentation titled, “Metadictionary: Advocating for a Community-driven Metadata Vocabulary Application.”

Greenberg said “The CAMP day was intense and thoughtful, and we were really pleased to have international representation both in the planning and during the event in Lisbon.“  She further noted that “the proceeding serves as a record of the day and the outcomes,” while expressing appreciation to Stuart Sutton, DCMI Managing Director, for his tremendous support and effort to make the proceeding available.

To view the workshop proceedings, visit


Top right photo includes from left to right, Andrea Perego, Ph.D., European Commission DG JRC,
Institute for Environment & Sustainability;
Paolo Missier, School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK; Alex Ball, research officer, UKOLN Informatics, University of Bath, Bath, UK; Rebecca Koskela, executive director, DataONE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Top left photo, Dr. Jane Greenberg.

Next photo on the right, Jian Qin, associate professor, iSchool, Syracuse University.

Bottom photo, Keith Jeffery, Keith G. Jeffery Consultants.