by Dieter van Uytvanck
On September 7 and 8 a workshop was organized at the MPI in Nijmegen about the use of metadata within European research infrastructures. Representatives from a broad range of fields (ranging from high-energy physics over biodiversity to linguistics) gathered to explain what their particular views on metadata are.
It became soon clear that although the differences between closely related disciplines can be overcome, there are huge gaps between others. While in the humanities area the metadata generally is carefully hand-crafted, this is completely infeasible for the enormous amounts of data resulting from sensors in the physics world.