Scientific Data | Comment | open
Metadata, data about data, are an essential component of any data sharing system. They power discovery and bind together related datasets. They provide essential context, describing, for example, who generated a dataset and how. The papers in this collection explore and critically analyze issues related to the quality and FAIRness of metadata in public resources. Collectively, these works highlight obstacles, both technical and behavioural, that affect metadata quality, and propose possible solutions. They also shine a light on the important, but often underappreciated, role of data curators and research data managers.