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Available versions

For our Metadata store all these versions are valid although only one version is considered preferred at any given moment of time. Starting with version 3.0 only major releases will have a new namespace.

Each incoming to Metadata store XML document should indicate schema location in the root element.


Each available version of a schema is a subdirectory containing a set of files. Those files constitute single metadata version. There are all the required xsd files, a sample xml file and a pdf documentation. The files don't reference any other files outside of their version subdirectory.

Old Versions

These are version are not accepted by DataCite MDS any more.


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Source code

This project is hosted on GitHub.