Metadata Capital: Automating Metadata Workflows in the NIEHS Viral Vector Core Laboratory

  • Jane Greenberg
  • Angela Murillo
  • Adrian Ogletree
  • Rebecca Boyles
  • Negin Martin
  • Charles Romeo
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 478)


This paper presents research examining metadata capital in the context of the Viral Vector Core Laboratory at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Methods include collaborative workflow modeling and a metadata analysis. Models of the laboratory’s workflow and metadata activity are generated to identify potential opportunities for defining microservices that may be supported by iRODS rules. Generic iRODS rules are also shared along with images of the iRODS prototype. The discussion includes an exploration of a modified capital sigma equation to understand metadata as an asset. The work aims to raise awareness of metadata as an asset and to incentivize investment in metadata R&D.


Metadata Capital Viral Vector Core Laboratory qPCR data Workflows E-Science iRODS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Greenberg
    • 1
  • Angela Murillo
    • 2
    • 3
  • Adrian Ogletree
    • 1
  • Rebecca Boyles
    • 4
  • Negin Martin
    • 5
  • Charles Romeo
    • 5
  1. 1.Metadata Research Center <MRC>, College of Computing & Informatics (CCI)Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.SILS-University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA
  3. 3.<MRC>/CCI/Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Office of Scientific Information ManagementNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH/DHHSResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  5. 5.Laboratory of NeurobiologyNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH/DHHSResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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