Understanding metadata management in longitudinal studies (12-13 Sept)

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This two day conference, 12-13 September, will explore metadata management in longitudinal studies.

About the event

This two-day CLOSER workshop will explore how structured metadata and open standards can be used to actively manage longitudinal study data and resources.

The first day will provide delegates with an overview of different structured metadata concepts, as well as use cases including data management, question management, versioning and data sharing.

The second day will kick off with an opportunity to learn about the ELIXIR platform and its development. This will be followed by talks from data managers working on social and biomedical longitudinal studies who will share their experience of working with structured metadata. They will also discuss how their teams are addressing some of the challenges that can come with it.

Over the course of the two days, delegates will have given the chance to ask questions and network with peers. There will also be a group discussion about future needs for metadata and data management, as well as identifying potential barriers to making progress in this area.

This workshop is open to all who may be interested, and will be of particular use to longitudinal data managers handling social science or biomedical data.



This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is essential.

Delegates have the option to either attend both days of the workshop, or just one. Please note you will be asked to specify which day(s) you plan to attend during the registration process.


Provisional outline of the event

Please note this programme is still provisional and may be subject to change.

12 September 2019
Delivered by Jon Johnson (CLOSER Technical Lead) and Hayley Mills (CLOSER Senior Metadata Officer)

09:30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Introduction to metadata management concepts

11:00 Tea and coffee break

11:30 DDI-Lifecycle

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Questions and questionnaires

14:30 Tea and coffee break

15:00 Datasets and variables

16:00 Discovery and harmonisation

17:00 End of day one.

18:00 OPTIONAL: Meet for networking and dinner at Ciao Bella (86-90 Lamb’s Conduit St, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3LZ LONDON)


13 September 2019

09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Metadata management – international perspectives

11:00 Tea and coffee break

11:30 Metadata management – UK perspectives

  • Managing multiple longitudinal studies (Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Managing panel studies (Understanding Society, ISER)
  • Cross study and institution perspective (CLOSER)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Group discussion on future needs for metadata and data management, and identifying potential barriers to making progress.

15:00 Tea and coffee break

15:30 Plenary session

17:00 End of the workshop.


Further information

If you have any queries or require further information about this event, please contact our Communications and Events Officer, Jennie Blows (j.blows@ucl.ac.uk).

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