Participatory Prototype Design: Developing a Sustainable Metadata Curation Workflow for Maternal Child Health Research


This paper describes the findings from a participatory prototype design project, where the authors worked with maternal and child health (MCH) researchers and stakeholders to develop a MCH metadata profile and sustainable curation workflow. This work led to the development of three prototypes: 1) a study catalogue hosted in Dataverse, 2) a metadata and research records repository hosted in REDCap and 3) a metadata harvesting tool/dashboard hosted within the Shiny RStudio environment. We present a brief overview of the methods used to develop the metadata profile, curation workflow and prototypes. Researchers and other stakeholders were participant-collaborators throughout the project. The participatory process involved a number of steps, including but not limited to: initial project design and grant writing; scoping and mapping existing practices, workflows and relevant metadata standards; creating the metadata profile; developing semi-automated and manual techniques to harvest and transform metadata; and end project sustainability/future planning. In this paper, we discuss the design process and project outcomes, limitations and benefits of the approach, and implications for researcher-oriented metadata and data curation initiatives.

Author Biographies

Amanda Harrigan, University of Alberta
Metadata Curation Specialist, Libraries
Saurabh Vashishtha, University of Alberta
Data Curation Assistant, Libraries
Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta
Metadata Coordinator, Libraries
Kendall Roark, Purdue University
Assistant Professor, Libraries
Research Papers