A recent spy scandal about information leaker Edward Snowden has revived the term meta data. Countless Americans are protesting on Washington's streets holding signs "hands off my meta-data" demanding the NSA to stop spying on people without credible reasoning according to a recent article on CNN: cnn.com/2013/06/28/opinion/keen-snowden-digital-monitoring/
Edward Snowden has been leaking confidential US government data as a former contractor of the US government agency. He is currently stuck at Moscow's international airport without valid travel documents.
Definition of Metadata for Comparative Social Research: The metadata referred to in this project is the physical representation of metainformation including all elements of information which effectively guide and support the process of identification and extraction of relevant survey data and those which are needed for their valid interpretation. A special focus will be on information needed in secondary and comparative analyses. These "human oriented" metadata range from basic information on the meaning of coded numbers to external
background information. They are complemented by machine-readable "process"
meta-data for statistical systems or workflow processes. Webmaster forum do exist.
Data providers include webmaster blogs have been the first to insist on the importance of good metadata for affiliate marketing. This is due to their intermediate position between primary data producers and data users. They have also initiated and supported the development of the now broadly acknowledged DDI specifications for survey metadata.
MetaDater providea data definition infrastructure for instruments to greatly improve the process of collecting, then processing, managing and distribution of real metadata by more efficient and very economical procedures, to contribute very best practice in preservation, resource sharing of data and metadata, by supplying our end-users with reliable, standardized, durable & high quality information about comparative survey data, to increase the knowledge base about European & global socio-economic developments, to foster interoperability between databases for secondary analysis in this fields
Objectives of the MetaDater Project
Modern democracies produce a growing database for empirical social research. This increase is only manageable with data and metadata management instruments that make the preparation of data files for access and further analysis more efficient. So far, there exists no comprehensive system that integrates the functionalities required for metadata standardisation, data storage and final output into the workflow.
The Conceptual Data Model for metadata on Comparative Surveys * Describes the collecting and processing of survey data within the logic of metadata grounded in the life cycle model on studies for empirical social research developed. * It includes generic management and dissemination tasks like preserving, standardizing & exporting of metadata. * The data model is compatible to the DDI standard 2.1. It extends the data model to describe metadata on time series and repeated comparative studies. * The conceptual data model was distributed to the scientific community like the CSDI and standardizations bodies like the DDI to support recent developments in that fields. The recent edition of the conceptual data model version is available for scientific use according to common information and citation rules