DataCite Metadata Schema

The DataCite Metadata Schema is a list of core metadata properties chosen for an accurate and consistent identification of a resource for citation and retrieval purposes, along with recommended use instructions.

Metadata Schema 4.4

Released 30 Mar 2021. Changes in this version include:

  • Addition of the new subproperty “classificationCode” in the Subject property.
  • Addition of new values to the resourceTypeGeneral property
  • Addition of a new relatedItem property, with subproperties to contain specific details for containing publication information

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Metadata Working Group

The key to making data citable, searchable and accessible is equipping datasets with metadata – descriptions of and facts and figures about the data – that meets basic standards and adheres to uniform, consistent schema. The Metadata Working Group determines and maintains DataCite’s metadata standard, in consultation with DataCite members and under the guidance of the DataCite Board. The working group actively seeks the broader community’s input and coordinates with community standards, such as ORCID, Open Funder Registry, IDF and DCMI.

The current members of the Working Group are listed on the Steering and Working Groups page.


If you have any comments on

  • any challenges you face with the current schema, or
  • any ideas you have for additions that would make the schema work better for you

please submit an idea through the DataCite Metadata Schema Suggestions form.

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