For those of you playing on the technical side of research data, did you know that Open Data Protocols has done a load of work on standardised ways of storing data and metadata? The standards at Open Data Protocols (and its sister specification on Open Catalogs) are the ones that our future work on long-term preservation of data packages will be informed by (and are involved quite a bit in future work on CKAN). If you’re bundling data up at the end of a project, why not take a look at them?