Real World Applications of the Data Lifecycle and Metadata Integrations Subgroup

Project Statement

This subgroup combines two previously separate subgroups as there was some overlapping components to each. Using data asset frameworks and methodologies, the Real World Applications of the Data Lifecycle subgroup seeks to understand how researchers navigate through each stage of the data lifecycle. This project allows the DMWG a more thorough understanding of how individual labs collect, organize, access and store project data. Using real world examples gathered by the subgroup, the DMWG will be able to make data management recommendations to other labs who have similar workflows. The Metadata Integrations subgroup works with researchers to investigate the use of metadata used labs in order to identify best practices, set up directory structures, and make workflow recommendations. This project will educate users on metadata collection and documentation in relation to the data lifecycle.

2019 Goals

  1. Officially rollout the completed onboarding documentation for new lab members
  2. Draft, finalize, and rollout the offboarding documentation for exiting lab members
  3. Conduct research on the relevant biomedical metadata standards and update the metadata guides on the Harvard Biomedical Data Management website


Julie Goldman

Research Data Services Librarian

Countway Library of Medicine

Sarah Hauserman

Research Data Analyst, Research IT Solutions

IT-Research Computing

Shannan Ho Sui

Director of the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core & Senior Research Scientist

School of Public Health Biostatistics

Meghan Kerr

HMS Archivist/Records Manager

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Amber LaFountain

Metadata Archivist

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine

Jessica Pierce

Research Data Manager, Research IT Solutions

IT-Research Computing

Caroline Shamu

Scientific Director for Research Cores & Technology and Assistant Professor

BCMP Department and the HMS Office of Basic Sciences

Contact person: Jessica Pierce (

Last Updated: 2019-04-10