Multi-disciplinary

Metadata Standards

CERIF - Common European Research Information Format

CERIF is the standard that the EU recommends to its member states for recording information about research activity.

Data Package

The Data Package specification is a generic wrapper format for exchanging data, consisting of a folder containing data files and a descriptor file.

DataCite Metadata Schema

A domain-agnostic list of core metadata properties chosen for the accurate and consistent identification of data for citation and retrieval purposes.

Dublin Core

A basic, domain-agnostic standard which can be easily understood and implemented, and as such is one of the best known and most widely used metadata standards.

OAI-ORE - Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange

Defines standards for the description and exchange of aggregations of Web resources.

Repository-Developed Metadata Schemas

Some repositories have decided that current standards do not fit their metadata needs, and so have created their own requirements.

Extensions

AGLS Metadata Profile

An application of Dublin Core designed to improve visibility and availability of online resources, originally adapted from the Australian Government Locator Service metadata standard for use in government agencies.

Dryad Metadata Application Profile

An application profile based on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Abstract Model, used to describe multi-disciplinary data underlying peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature.

OpenAIRE Guidelines for publication repositories, data archives and CRIS systems

The OpenAIRE Guidelines are a suite of application profiles designed to allow research institutions to make their scholarly outputs visible through the OpenAIRE infrastructure. The profiles are based on established standards and designed to be used in conjunction with the OAI-PMH metadata harvesting protocol:

  • The OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repositories are based on Dublin Core;
  • The OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Archives are based on the DataCite Metadata Schema;
  • The OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers is based on CERIF.

While the focus of each profile is different, they allow for interlinking and the contextualization of research artefacts.

Tabular Data Package

A profile of the Data Package specification, intended for exchanging tabular data in CSV (comma-separated values) format.

Tools

Converis

Current research information system implementing the CERIF standard. Originally developed by Avedas but now a product of Thomson Reuters.

Data Package libraries

A collection of libraries for working with Data Packages in various programming languages, and scripts for importing them into databases.

Data Package Validator

The Data Package Validator takes the URL of a Data Package and checks whether it conforms to the Data Package specification.

Data Package Viewer

The Data Package Viewer takes the URL of a Data Package and provides a human-friendly view of it.

Data Packagist

The Data Packagist is a Web-based tool for writing a Data Package descriptor file (datapackage.json).

DataCite Metadata Store API

RESTFUL API for registering datasets with the DataCite organization. The interface uses the DataCite Metadata Schema.

DCMI Tools and Software

The DCMI Tools Community list of tools and software implementing Dublin Core.

Esri Geoportal Server

Geoportal Server is a standards-based, open source product that enables discovery and use of geospatial resources including data and services.

OpenAIRE Validator

This service validates OAI-PMH metadata records against the OpenAIRE Guidelines for publication repositories, data archives and current research information systems.

Pure

Current research information system developed by Elsevier that implements the CERIF standard.

Symplectic Elements

Current research information system implementing the CERIF standard.

Use Cases

3TU.Datacentrum

A multidisciplinary data repository for a consortium of universities in the Netherlands, using a metadata structure based on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

Data Packaged Core Datasets

A collection of commonly used and example data sets packaged using the Data Package specification.

Edinburgh DataShare

An online digital repository of multi-disciplinary research datasets produced at the University of Edinburgh, using a modified Dublin Core metadata catalogue.

ePrints Soton

The University of Southampton's multi-disciplinary Institutional Research Repository, using a profile of Dublin Core and administrative ePrints metadata.

National Science Digital Library Data Repository

An online portal for education and research on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, using a profile of the Dublin Core Metadata Elements for resource and collections metadata.

OpenAIRE

A European Scholarly Communication Infrastructure that aggregates bibliographic metadata from a network of publication repositories, data archives and CRIS following the OpenAIRE Guidelines. Together with additional authoritative information, the objects and their relationships described by the metadata form an information space graph which can be traversed by users and accessed via APIs by other services. The metadata primarily support discovery and monitoring services.