Guest Lecture: Matthew Mayernik
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
Scholarship focusing on data is blooming in almost every academic domain. This interest in data, however, vastly overshadows research on a critically related topic: metadata. In the context of research data curation, this relative lack of research into metadata is problematic. Most high-level visions of "open data" assume that researchers’ metadata practices are robust and structured. When examined critically, however, the metadata practices of scholarly researchers often appear incomplete or deficient. This presentation develops an understanding of metadata within scientific research contexts that uses the concept of accountability. In this view, metadata are the processes and products that enable research entities to be accountable as evidence. This analysis is built on ethnographic studies of everyday data and metadata practices, as well as discussions of evidence and accountability within information science, sociology and archival science.
Matthew is a project scientist and research data services specialist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), based in Boulder, CO. Prior to joining NCAR, he received his MLIS and PhD from the UCLA Department of Information Studies. His work includes research and service development related to research data curation, with ongoing research projects focused on metadata practices and standards, data citation and identification, and social and institutional aspects of research data. He is a current member of the Board on Data Stewardship within the American Meteorological Society and current chair of the Data Stewardship Committee within the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), an inter-agency consortium of Earth science data facilities.