Context for Communities: Seattle and Metadata Standards for Civic Data

My work this summer is to help the Open Data Program at the City of Seattle apply civic metadata standards to the datasets included on There are numerous standards that are currently available, but the way they are applied varies. Data about some areas of civic life, such as bus transit times, corresponds well to existing metadata standards. But for others, such the data generated by cutting-edge Internet of Things devices, standards barely exist. How can the City of Seattle reconcile these differing metadata standards and apply them to the city’s datasets?

Project Details

Date: Jun 1, 2017

Author: Nina Showell

Categories: project

Tagged: civic metadata, data curation, open data

Client: City of Seattle


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Open Data Literacy is a collaborative project led by the Information School at the University of Washington in partnership with public institutions that create, manage, and publish open data. Open Data Literacy is funded by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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