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.
Released 30 Mar 2021. Changes in this version include:
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:
If you have any comments on
please contact us via our Google discussion group. We will review the suggestions and comments on a monthly basis, and reply using this same discussion forum.
Released 16 Aug 2019. Changes in this version include:
Released 20 Mar 2019. Changes in this version include:
Released 23 Oct 2017. Changes in this version include:
Released 19 Sep 2016. Changes in this version include:
Released 16 Oct 2014. Changes in this version include:
Released 24 Jul 2013.
Released 8 Jul 2021.
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.
The version number is formatted as: Major.Minor
Each incoming Metadata store XML document should indicate the schema location in the root element.
Each available version of a schema is a subdirectory containing a set of files. These files constitute a single metadata version. They include all the required xsd files, sample xml files and documentation. The files don’t reference any other files outside of their version subdirectory.
These versions are no longer accepted by the DataCite MDS.