On March 9th, 2022, Aristotle Metadata invited our clients and key technical experts to develop and endorse the 2022 Aristotle Metadata Roadmap. This meeting was used to gather feedback for our 3rd annual roadmap to prioritise feature development for the coming year.
By co-developing our platforms and solutions with our clients they are able to guide the direction of our products to ensure we are constantly meeting demand and preparing our clients for the future.
Based on the feedback of our clients, we’re seeing 4 major themes in the metadata development space:
1. Data lineage and data inventories
Over the course of 2022, we are going to be adding enhanced data lineage support to help users describe how people use data within their organisation. We’re also adding new profiling tools to help users record data inventories in a standardised way - including supporting the Office of the National Data Commissioner’s Core Attributes for government data dictionaries. Throughout 2022, keep an eye out for announcements on the following features:
- Data lineage descriptions to describe dataset, distribution and field-level data flows
- Geospatial metadata support and map-based data search and discovery
- Specialised data inventory tools to aid with initial implementations
2. Improving usability to deliver data democratisation
We are constantly redefining what metadata management means and looking for innovative ways to make metadata and data governance accessible and user-friendly. This includes re-examining and reframing what we’ve done, and building new ways of working. This year our focus is improving discovery and linkage in the following ways:
- A brand new, rebuilt search interface
- User-friendly metadata linkage and faster creation of content
- Improved site customisation for home pages
- Improved management and linkage of metadata collections
3. Metadata-driven data request administration
Last year we announced our “click-and-collect” data sharing tool - the Tablion Data Portal - and this year we are going to enhance how data sharing is done. Our unique metadata-first approach makes data sharing faster by sharing metadata to give users insight to data, before it’s made available. This year we’re going to be embedding of more Aristotle Metadata within the Tablion Data Portal, including:
- Embedded summary statistics within data portals
- Advanced filtering of data requesting using Aristotle Metadata values and reference data
- Integrated single sign on authentication between Aristotle Metadata products
4. Metadata harvesting, discovery and quality control
Our users have asked about support for initial data inventory and harvesting support to ‘bootstrap’ the data governance process in a controlled way that drives metadata adoption across the organisation. We’re supporting this by adding new tools that assist with metadata flows into and beyond user registries to build a full-federated metadata discovery system, including:
- Merge support for duplicate metadata items that
- Building harvester support for registries that implements the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PHM) API format
- Adding a fully compliant Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PHM) API endpoint to share metadata using common formats, including RIF-CS, DataCite, Dublin Core, DDI and more…
The end result of the meeting is the now fully endorsed 2022 Aristotle Development Roadmap, available for review now.
Thanks again to representatives from:
- Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment,
- Commonwealth Department of Social Services,
- NSW Department of Community and Justice,
- Services Australia,
- Workplace Gender Equality Agency
for their input and endorsement of this years exciting, feature packed roadmap!