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Metadata 2020 survey

Metadata2020 Survey

WHAT IS METADATA?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Metadata is “data about data” and is often, but not always, a structured or standardized way to describe a research object. Research objects include, but are not limited to articles, book chapters, books, datasets, images, audio/video recordings, code, or other archival materials.


The purpose of this study is to understand the familiarity and usage of metadata by those who use metadata in the process of preparing, publishing, cataloging, or sharing research papers, media and other associated objects in scholarly communications.


This survey asks multiple choice and ranking questions, with a few short answer options. We estimate that this will take about 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to provide your contact information (phone and email) to participate in a one-time phone call at a later date where the researcher may ask for clarification or further detail about your responses. This optional call will be scheduled at your convenience and will also take about 15 minutes. You do not need to provide any contact information to participate in the online survey.

Participation is voluntary. The survey is being used for research purposes only and your name and contact information (if you decide to provide it) will not be given to anyone. Your responses will be kept confidential.


Metadata 2020 is a collaboration that advocates richer, connected, and reusable, open metadata for all research outputs, which will advance scholarly pursuits for the benefit of society. Projects, including this survey and its subsequent analysis, are designed and conducted by volunteer community contributors. Crossref has contributed use of this survey tool.

Contact information for the principal investigator: Kathryn Kaiser, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), tel: +1-205-975-9212,

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or concerns or complaints about the research, you may contact the UAB Office of the IRB (OIRB) at +1-205-934-3789 or toll free at +1-855-860-3789. Regular hours for the OIRB are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., United States Central Time (GMT+6), Monday through Friday.

 UAB IRB approved 29-May-2019