Metadata

In the Data Repository service, any digital resource is identified and described by metadata. In order to increase the findability, visibility and understanding of your publication or any related object, metadata is added that describes the object using a pre-defined set of fields.

Default metadata

Every digital resource must be described by a number of default set of metadata fields in order to uniquely identify it. Some of these fields are optional, but it is recommended to provide as much information as possible.

Without the mandatory fields provided, the repository will not allow completing the publication.

The set of metadata fields is based on the Dublin Core metadata definition v1.1. The following fields are mandatory:

Field name Type Description
Title String Title of publication
Creator String Name(s) of principle creator. Use full names as much as possible
Description Text Description (or abstract) of the article or dataset
Keywords String Keyword(s) or subject(s) of deposit
Publication date Date Original date of publication
License String Open access license to display when viewing or downloading the dataset

The following fields are optional:

Field name Type Description
Type String Type of data
File format String Primary file format or mime-type of the files in the dataset
Publisher String Publisher of the article or dataset
Contributor String Additional contributors to the publication
Language String Primary language used in the dataset
Discipline String Select the discipline that matches closest to the data contained in the publication
Contact email String Contact email address for users

Community metadata

If an object is published under a community, it is possible that additional fields need to be provided before a publication can be completed. If some of these fields are mandatory, a publication cannot be completed without providing the values for these fields.

Collection metadata

In addition to the community metadata fields, an object can be published under a collection. Again, it is possible that additional fields need to be provided before a publication can be completed. If some of these fields are mandatory, a publication cannot be completed without providing the values for these fields.