Internationally, the Open Data Charter aims at enabling open data to support transparent, accountable, efficient and effective public and private sectors.
Globally, the FAIR movement aims at making data easier to find and use.
Many other initiatives embrace the same goals accross the world of scientific and policy research.
All these support the Open Science vision of open publication and access to scientific knowledge to enable collaborative networks at all levels of society.
But realisation comes soon that data is unusable without metadata and that the FAIR principles actually boil down to requirements on metadata:
- interoperable and linked concepts
- standardized description and representation of data
- cataloging and data search
We need metadata that are:
- standard: they can be understood and used everywhere
- active: they are machine-actionable and drive the statistical process
- FAIR: they make data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable
Rich metadata explain what data are and what they can do; they enhance data quality and usability.
We propose to brand these “Smart Metadata”.
The COSMOS conference is a place for the Official Statistics community to envision how to best define, share, use and manage smart metadata, to fully realize data’s potential.