K’RMéS, an information day on statistical metadata, the RMéS repository and associated tools, took place on October 14th, in virtual form.
The material collected throughout the day – lectures, presentations, exchanges – will be exploited to the best of our ability and progressively made available on the site dedicated to the K’RMéS, on which posters, videos and the link to several articles of the Courrier des statistiques relating to statistical metadata are already available: http://krmes.info.
The importance of metadata for researchers was the subject of a round table moderated by Kamel Gadouche of CASD, with Antoine Bozio and Julien Grenet.
Metadata are useful for identifying the relevant sources for a research project, for understanding the variables in the mobilized files and thus avoiding misinterpretation, or for comparing different data. Researchers have also shown the extent to which they can help improve the documentation of the sources they use.
Having metadata is an important gain for research because it allows researchers to have all the elements to make good use of the data.
Rmés makes the use of metadata more reliable by relying on nomenclatures, XML-based distribution, and guaranteed archiving.