Metadata Technology Collaborating With UK Institute for Child Health on Data Management Plan Tools and Services

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Metadata Technology to Develop Data Management Plan Management Tools Leveraging ISO 27001, DDI-XML, and OpenMetadata Framework

Metadata Technology North America Inc. is pleased to announce that it is working with the Institute of Child Health (ICH) in the United Kingdom towards the development of new tools to prepare, publish, and maintain data management plans aligned on the the DMP Online recommendations. These tools will leverage the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata specification and the ISO 27001 security standards to capture the necessary information and therefore minimize the efforts required to manage the plan information.

Planned for completion by end of September 2012, the project seeks to extend the existing Digital Curation Center (DCC) Data Management Planning tool (DMP) with an information risk management tool that would assist data managers in the development and maintenance of Information Security Management Systems in line with the ISO-27001:2005 international standard for information security. This project will assess the viability of creating an extensible architecture for data management planning through the use of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) metadata specification and related tooling.

The project will leverage and extend upon open source DDI management framework that has been developed by Metadata Technology for the Canada Research Data Centre Network. This will enable the creation of semantically rich project-specific representations of data management plans through a DDI broker, providing the basis of interoperability with a set of data management services.

In addition to supporting the project, new or enhanced libraries and utilities resulting from the development efforts will benefit the broader data and metadata community through, when relevant, their release under an open source licence.

DMP Online ( has been produced by the UK's Digital Curation Centre to help research teams respond to a recommendation in Lyon (2007) that “Each funded research project should submit a structured Data Management Plan for peer-review as an integral part of the application for funding.”. DMPOnline has two primary functions: to assist researchers in the preparation of basic Data Management Plans at the funding application stage; and to help build and maintain a more detailed DMP during the project's lifetime.

The University College London’s Institute of Child Health (ICH - mission is to pursue an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood disease. The Institute studies a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences. It is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research and postgraduate teaching in children’s health.

The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) is an XML specification for the documentation and management of microdata, particularly in socio-economic sciences and the health sector. It is maintained by the DDI Alliance (

The ISO/IEC 27000-series is a family of information security standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to provides best practice recommendations on information security management, risks and controls within the context of an overall Information Security Management System (ISMS).

Metadata Technology North America Inc. ( is a privately owned eGovernment data management and information technology solution provider. The Company’s mission is to facilitate production, open access, and improve the quality and use of statistical and scientific data. It specializes in products and services leveraging XML technology, metadata standards, and related best practices. Its key personnel include globally recognized experts in the area of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) standard, the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), and the management of socio-economic data, health data, and official statistics.

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