HMC - Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration

Strucutre of the HMC Platform

Research data is suitable for re-use under scientific quality standards if it fulfills the following requirements: It contains a description of the type and organization of the data, information on their occurrence and information that allows conclusions to be drawn on the precision and quality of the data.
The collection of all these attributes describing a record defines its own record called metadata. In times of digitization and big data analytics, the importance of metadata goes beyond the qualifying descriptive function. Metadata must be searchable and automatically available for evaluation, because only then can the data records described by them be made searchable and accessible for subsequent use.
Today, the professional, efficient and forward-looking capture of metadata often fails due to the extra work required by appropriate organization and storage of the metadata, taking into account diverse, dynamically changing, standards. The possibilities of digitization already allow these processes to be supported by suitable technologies and data services.

The Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) Platform aims at fostering the enrichment of research data with metadata, and implements supporting services for all domains by consolidating the expertise of the six Helmholtz research areas in Metadata Hubs. It introduces the subject metadata to the stake-holders, highlights the importance of metadata within research data management, offers advice, and facilitates sustainable infrastructure services for the storage, reuse and international exchange of metadata.


Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration Platform

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