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Webinar: Metadata for Machines (M4M)

21 Jan 2021 - 13:00
21 Jan 2021 - 15:00
Online - Zoom

In 2020, DeiC completed, together with the GO FAIR Foundation, a number of workshops to help researchers structure their data, i.e. metadata, such that computers can automatically find and evaluate relevant research data. Metadata (data about data) can be a very complex business, but very crucial for the usability of data and thus for research. The aim is to design open standards and practices that specifically address the FAIR data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

Data is classified and structured for use in an automated computer-controlled process. It is a matter of adapting scientific data models such that data can be used meaningfully and automatically by others than the researcher him/her self, for example by colleagues, on a supercomputer, and thereby utilize the data potential in completely new ways.

The aim is to develop the M4M content in collaboration with interested research groups, so that it can become a national resource in the implementation of the forthcoming DeiC FAIR Data strategy. In this connection, DeiC will complete a number of events also open to any interested observers. The first event will be this webinar.






Introducing the DeiC rational: Why M4M?

Anders Sparre Conrad, DeiC


M4M in the flowchart of a FAIRification process

The FAIRification workflow

Hannah Mihai, DeiC


GO FAIR & DeIC M4M workshop – Summer 2020

Scene setting and background:

  1. M4M: Metadata for Machines enables automatic data sharing between computers:
  2. M4M for the Danish e-infrastructure Cooperation:
  3. FAIRification Roadmaps:

Rene Belsø, DeiC


Three research case stories - Status & Plans:



  1. Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (AnaEE)

Klaus Steenberg Larsen


  1. Development and Application of Wind Energy (DTU Wind Energy)

Nikola Vasiljevic, DTU


  1. Biological and Biomedical Imaging (Danish BioImaging)

Clara Prats Gavalda, KU


The need for local, national and international support functions

Diba Terese Markus, AAU


Future directions and plans

Anders Sparre Conrad, DeiC


End of webinar


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In Spring, DeiC will also host two M4M Workshop - Case “Bioimaging”; on April 13, 2021 and April 16, 2021.