This presentation gives an overview of the dataset description specification developed in the Open PHACTS project (http://www.openphacts.org/). The creation of the specification was driven by a real need within the project to track the datasets used.
Details of the dataset metadata captured and the vocabularies used to model this metadata are given together with the tools developed to enable the specification's uptake.
Over the course of the last 12 months, the W3C Healthcare and Life Science Interest Group have been developing a community profile for dataset descriptions. This has drawn on the ideas developed in the Open PHACTS specification. A brief overview of the forthcoming community profile is given in the presentation.
This presentation was given to the Network Data Exchange project http://www.ndexbio.org/ on 2 April 2014.