M4M

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Metadata for Machines resource page

The M4M Workshop concept

Making it easy for humans to make metadata for machines

Metadata for Machines (M4M) workshops are agile, hackathon-style events that bring together domain experts (who are able and willing to represent a domain community) with FAIR metadata experts (data stewards) who guide a discussion leading to the metadata requirements that meet the FAIR data needs of that domain community. M4M Workshops are lightweight, fast-track (often 1-day) events where policy and domain experts can build new, or make informed choices regarding the reuse of already existing metadata schema. Although M4M Workshops can serve many purposes, they are usually intended to kick-start FAIRification efforts with minimally viable metadata components that are modular, and can be later extended as needed.

M4M Worskhops have two objectives:

  1. First, most M4M Workshops focus on a simple but extensible conceptual model and RDF schema that solve clearly identified FAIR-related metadata goals for that domain. Based on numerous considerations, the metadata expert will recommend if a new schema should be created or if an existing schema can be efficiently repurposed. In most cases, it is also possible to employ metadata modeling tools to build reusable metadata templates following that schema providing user-friendly interfaces and input forms. This will later allow domain experts who may not have technical skills, to nonetheless create metadata instances without expert supervision.
  2. The second objective of a M4M Workshop is the deposition of the defined metadata schema/template into a FAIR repository, where they can be easily found and reused by other communities that often have similar metadata requirements. The overall goal of a M4M Workshop is a public Declaration by the domain community to the use and reuse of particular FAIR metadata schema/templates. This declaration could take the form of a FAIR Implementation Profile or a statement in a Data Management Plan.

M4M Workshops draw on the deep knowledge collected in many scientific communities but also ensure coordination with the metadata components chosen in other M4M workshops. Collectively, the M4M workshop series result in recommendations about metadata and an Open repository of machine-ready, easy to use and interoperable FAIR metadata templates and components. Anyone can access this ’sea’ of community specific metadata templates/components, re-use them as they see fit, and deploy them using metadata editors and other data capture tools.

It is hoped that the M4M workshop can allow researchers to make routine use of machine-actionable FAIR metadata in a broad range of fields.

How to GO FAIR

The Three-point FAIRification Framework provides practical “how to” guidance to stakeholders seeking to go FAIR. More information on how the M4M fits into this framework can be found on the GO FAIR website.

FAQ

Should you have any questions about M4M workshops, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.


ZonMw and FAIR metadata

M4M workshops for the ZonMw

Within the ZonMw COVID Program, data stewards have participated in a series of M4M Workshops on behalf of the COVID Program researchers. The data stewards have been guided by the M4M Facilitator Team (John Graybeal, Barbara Magagna, Kristina Hettne, Nikola Vasiljevic and Erik Schultes) and supported by a team of experts: Margreet Bloemers (ZonMw), Mijke Jetten (DTL/Health-RI), Jeroen Beliën (Amsterdam UMC, loc. VUmc), Rita Azevedo (Lygature/Health-RI), Erik Schultes (GO FAIR Foundation). 

Metadata Forms for Datasets

Guidelines for dataset metadata forms
Link to the guidelines document

CEDAR forms [forms to fill out, CEDAR account required]
Dataset Catalogue form
Dataset form
Dataset Distribution form

CEDAR forms in OpenView [forms to view/share, no CEDAR account required]
Dataset Catalogue form in OpenView
Dataset form in OpenView
Dataset Distribution form in OpenView

Metadata Forms for ZonMw COVID-19 Community

Guidelines for completing CEDAR forms
Link to the guidelines document

CEDAR forms [forms to fill out, CEDAR account required]
Project Admin form
Project Content form

CEDAR forms in OpenView [forms to view/share, no CEDAR account required]
Project Admin form in OpenView
Project Content form in OpenView

BioPortal vocabularies
ZonMw Generic Terms
ZonMw COVID-19 Vocabulary

Metadata Forms for ZonMw ID & AMR Community

Guidelines for completing CEDAR forms
Link to the guidelines document

CEDAR forms [forms to fill out, CEDAR account required]
Project Admin form
Project Content form
Collection Admin form
Collection Content form

CEDAR forms in OpenView [forms to view/share, no CEDAR account required]
Project Admin form in OpenView
Project Content form in OpenView
Collection Admin form in OpenView
Collection Content form in OpenView

BioPortal vocabularies
ID&AMR Vocabulary

Useful links


M4M workshops overview

WorkshopDateCommunityTopicProviderSponsor
M4M.1October 2019InauguralSetting up the conceptGO FAIR FoundationGO FAIR
M4M.2January 2020FundersZonMw + HRBGO FAIR FoundationGO FAIR
M4M.3January 2020PreClinicalTrailspre-registration formGO FAIR FoundationGO FAIR
M4M.4April-Sept 2020VODAN AfricaMetadata for the FDPGO FAIR FoundationPhillips Foundation
M4M.5Summer 2020AnnaEEClimate dataGO FAIR FoundationDeiC
M4M.6Summer 2020DTU and othersWind EnergyGO FAIR FoundationDeiC
M4M.7November 2020 COVID-19 Program Care (Treatment) / Prevention GO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.8November 2020COVID-19 ProgramDiagnostic / Testing – RecordingsGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.9November 2020COVID-19 ProgramPrognosis / Risk assessmentsGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.10November 2020COVID-19 ProgramVirus / Immunology / Molecular – RecordingsGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.11November 2020COVID-19 ProgramOrganisational / Process related – RecordigsGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.12November 2020COVID-19 ProgramSocio-economic / Behavioral – RecordingsGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.13February 2021COVID-19 ProgramVocabGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.14February 2021COVID-19 ProgramVocabGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.15June 2021COVID-19 ProgramRapid M4M for datasetsGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.16June 2021COVID-19 ProgramI-ADOPT M4M for variablesGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.17June 2021ID & AMRR4R, COVID—>ID&AMRGO FAIR FoundationZonMw
M4M.18Sept 2021INCENTIVEInfluenca vaccine – RecordingsGO FAIR FoundationEU/Horizon2020
M4M.19December 2021NICEST2Climate dataGO FAIR FoundationEOSC Nordic
M4M.20June 2022FAIRwarePsychology – RecordingsGO FAIR FoundationFAIRware
M4M.21June 2022FAIRwareNeuroscience – RecordingsGO FAIR FoundationFAIRware
M4M.22June 2022INCENTIVEInfluenca vaccinepartners in FAIREU/Horizon2020