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Publications office metadata registry mdr

Publications Office Metadata Registry (MDR)

INSPIRE Registry and Registers Workshop

Willem van Gemert

Publications Office of the EU

Dissemniation and Reuse Directorate

Documentary Management and Metadata Unit

Standardisation and Registry of Metadata Sector

Publications office previous architecture
Publications Office previous architecture








Official Publications

Tendering Documents

General Publications




Post transformation programme architecture
Post-Transformation Programme architecture


The publications office metadata registry mdr
The Publications Office Metadata Registry (MDR)

  • Reference point for the registration and maintenance of metadata definitions and related authority data used for

    • production and dissemination systems managed by the Publications Office

    • inter-institutional systems supporting the legislative decision making process

  • A framework for the harmonisation and standardisation of metadata used within the European institutions and beyond

    • Metadata governance in context of Interinstitutional Metadata Maintenance Committee (IMMC)

    • Documentation

  • Registration of internal and external clients/client systems data requirements and transformation/export in human and machine-readable formats

Assets maintained in the mdr
Assets maintained in the MDR

  • IMMC Core Metadata schema(s)

    • Core Metadata element set used in exchanges between EU institutions (and soon Member States) in the legislative decision making process

    • Institutions specific extensions

    • Transmission protocol

  • Authority tables (controlled vocabularies/value lists)

    • Authority code + label in up to 23-24 official EU languages + mappings

    • Tracing of evolution of concepts over time (start date/end date)

    • Available distribution formats:

      • XML (source)

      • SKOS

      • HTML

    • Used in IMMC Core Metadata schema

    • Used in EU Open Data Portal (Corporate bodies, Countries, Languages), ELI, ECLI, …

  • EuroVoc resources (XML, SKOS, alignments)

  • Other reference data (css files)

Authority tables available
Authority tables available

  • Corporate bodies (EU institutions, agencies and other bodies, services etc.)

  • Countries

  • Currencies

  • Events

  • File types

  • Interinstitutional procedures

  • Languages

  • Multilingual (multilingual code combinations)

  • Places (locations relevant for EU domain)

  • Resource types (types of documents, e.g. regulation, directive, judgment etc.)

  • Roles (role an agent can play, e.g. president, member, defendant, etc.)

  • Treaties

Authority tables under development
Authority tables under development

  • Courts

    • Usecontexts: Court Database Project, ECLI, JURE

  • Court of Justice specific tables

    • Events

    • Resource types

    • Roles

    • Formation

    • Procedures

    • Results

  • Nomenclature of territorial units

  • Target audiences

  • Frequencies

Mdr clients
MDR clients

  • Publications Office

    • CELLAR (Common Content & Metadata repository)

    • Dissemination sites (EUR-Lex, EU-Bookshop, TED, Cordis)

    • Interinstitutional Style Guide (IISG)

    • Who is Who

  • Interinstitutional level

    • IMMC (EU institutions)

    • Open Data Portal (ODP)

    • COMREF

    • ELI, ECLI

    • EC Central Library (EAC)

  • Worldwide

    • ADMS (Joinup)

    • DCAT application profile

Workflow and technologies used
Workflow and Technologies used

  • Editing in Excel

  • Conversion to XML

  • Verification using diff report in HTML

  • Validation using diff report in HTML

  • Release in XML

  • Generation of derived distributions

    • XML

    • SKOS

    • HTML

    • xsd

  • Publication on MDR website

  • Dissemination through Open Data Portal and Joinup

  • Tools: JIRA, SVN, XSLT, Perl

Immc governance procedure
IMMC governance procedure

  • Reception

    • Actor: Metadata Registry Team

    • Registration + Information of Submitter

  • Proposal

    • Actor: Metadata Registry Team

    • Impact assessment and preparation of proposal

    • Planning estimate

  • IMMC validation

  • Implementation and MDR publication

  • Coordination of implementation in client systems

Mdr work in progress and plans for the future
MDR: Work in progress and plans for the future

  • Harmonisationand documentation of authority tables

  • Dissemination of MDR assets through CELLAR

  • Dereferencing of tables and individual concepts

  • Publication of additional assets

    • ODP metadata ontology (+ Evolution towards DCAT AP)

    • Common Data Model (OWL ontology describing EU publications domain)

  • Definition of publication RDF of authority tables

    • Containing richness of XML source

    • Alignment with other vocabularies (Library of Congress, VIAF, …)

Mdr and inspire

  • How can we create synergies between the MDR and INSPIRE registries?

  • Relationship of INSPIRE and IMMC?

Publications office mdr contact details
Publications Office MDR contact details

  • E-mail address

  • Public website (containing validated versions)

  • Interinstitutional website (containing proposals)

  • MDR on the EC Open Data Portal

  • MDR on Joinup (ADMS descriptions)