Compatibility of the OpARA metadata schema to RADAR and DataCite

The OpARA metadata schema was derived from the RADAR metadata schema which in turn is derived from the DataCite metadata schema. Therefore, the OpARA metadata schema is compatible with those of RADAR and DataCite.

Technical notes for filling in the fields.

Some input fields must be filled in.

Some input fields can only be filled in under certain conditions.

Some input fields are already pre-filled with certain values. These fields can be completed or the pre-filled values removed from them.

For some input fields only values from a given list can be selected.

If one or more of the above circumstances apply to an input field, this is noted and explained if necessary.

For a complete submission only a few metadata fields are required. However, in order to ensure good discoverability and reusability of the data, as well as for long-term preservation of the data, a comprehensive description with metadata is advantageous.

Description of the form fields on the submission pages

Open Access

If the submission takes place in an Open Access collection, it must be decided whether the submission will be published as Open Access and can therefore be freely downloaded by all users. If the collection is not Open Access, the submission cannot be released as Open Access either.

Should your data be publicly accessible as open access

An option must be selected if the submission is submitted to an Open Access collection.

In a non-Open-Access collection Open Access can't be selected.

No Open Access

The data package will not be published.

Yes, Open Access

The data package will be published immediately after completion of the submission process.

Yes, Open Access after an embargo

The data package will be published after the expiration of the embargo period.

Embargo for the data set ends on

If the option 'Open Access after embargo' is selected, the mandatory entry of the date on which the blocking period for publication ends and the data package is published.

Explanation

Optional explanation of the reason for the embargo if the 'Open Access after embargo' option was selected.

Description of the submission

Short information describing the content of entire submission without going into individual dates.

Title of the dataset

Mandatory field

A short and concise title that will be displayed for the submission.

Additional titles

Optional: additional titles for the submission, which can be assigned to the following categories

Subtitles

Alternative title

Title in other language

Next keywords

Optional: keywords that do not repeat previously used terms from the title and supplementary titles, but instead use synonyms or other new terms that could be used to search for the data.

Short description

Optional description of the type, content, purpose and, if applicable, origin of the data.

Table of contents

Optional specification of a table of contents of the data.

Information about the series

If the data is part of a series, optional description of the relationship to a series of data.

Specification of the discipline/scientific domain

Mandatory field

Selection of the disciplines/scientific domains to which the data are most likely to be assigned.

Description of the disciplines/scientific domains

Optional: description or delimitation of the disciplines/scientific domains.

Persons involved

Details on the natural and legal persons associated with the research data or with the creation, processing or treatment of the data, and their relationship to the research data.

Publisher

Mandatory field

This field is prefilled with the value:

Research institution (university) to which the submitter belongs

Organisation or person responsible for archiving the data in the given form, e.g. publisher, institution, institute.

Person(s) responsible for the content of the research data

Mandatory field

This field is prefilled with the value:

Submitter

Details on the persons responsible for the creation, processing or treatment of the research data, e.g. the creator of the data (authors), the supervising or executive scientist or the project manager.

Name

Family name

first name

First name, without specifying a title

Affiliation

Optional information on the research institution at which the person works

ID

Optional specification of a public ID number, by means of which the person can be uniquely recognized.

ID type

Optional selection of the ID type of the specified ID:

ORCID

ISNI

Other

Other participating persons, institutions or companies

Natural or legal persons who have participated in the creation, processing or treatment of the data.

Type of participation

Select how the person contributed to the creation, processing, or manipulation of the data:

Work package manager

Hosting institution

Supervisor

Data collector

Data Manager

Data maintainer

Researcher

Research group

Contact person

Funder

Producer

Project manager

Project Manager

Project team member

Registration agency

Sponsor

Distributor

Related person

Other

Name

Family name of person or name of legal entity

first name

First name of the person, without specifying a title

Association

Optional information on the research institution at which the person works

ID

Optional specification of a public ID number, by means of which the person can be uniquely recognized.

ID type

Optional selection of the ID type of the specified ID:

ORCID

ISNI

Other

Description of data

Details of the exact content and technical description of the data(s), their origin and creation, underlying processes and equipment used, software and materials as well as supplementary details in order to fully understand and interpret the data.

Year of origin or period of origin

Mandatory field

This field is prefilled with the value:

Year in which submission started

Year or period of origin of the digital data in years or the year or period in which the data were originally collected.

Examples: 2016; 2002-2016

Language

Optional specification of the predominant language according to ISO 639-3 in which the documents are written or the data is documented.

Examples: deu; eng

Content of the research data

Mandatory field

Description of the content and categorization of the type of content of the research data.

Category

(Multiple) selection of categories of the type of content of the data:

Text

Image

Presentation

Video

Data record

Model

Software

Workflow

Others

Description

Short description of the content of the data

Example: category: image, description: microscop images of amoebas

Research objects

Optional description of the underlying research objects and categorization of the type of underlying research objects. What objects were investigated?

Category

Select the category of the type of underlying research object

Tissue

Organism

Media

Persons

physical object

Non-pyhsical object

Material/Substance

Other

Description

Short description of the research object

Mathod of data collection

Optional description of the data collection and categorization of the method of the data collection. How was the analysis of the research objects carried out and what was the experimental setup like?

Category

Select the category of the type of data collection.

Observation

Experiment

Survey

Other

Description

Short description of data collection method

Methods or procedures applied

Optional specification of the methods and procedures by which the research objects were examined.

Research Instruments Used

Optional listing of the devices used for the data collection, as precise as possible with details of the manufacturer, model, serial number of e.g. the microscope, gene sequencer, telescope or similar used.

Description of additional data processing

Optional explanation of the additional processing of the original data, e.g. by creating statistics on raw data.

Used software

Optional details of the software used to create or process the data. If (free) software is known that can be used alternatively, it can also be specified.

Software type

Selects the category of the software:

View

Processing

Production

Other

Name of the software

Name of the used software

Version

Version of the software used

Alternative Software

Name of a software that can be used as an alternative to the software used.

Version

Version of the alternatively usable software

Example: Editing: Microsoft Excel, Version 2016, Alternative: LibreOffice Calc, Version 5.4

Further information on the data

Optional supplementary explanations and important information necessary or helpful for interpreting the data.

Alternative existing references for the data set

Optional specification of already existing references for this data (e.g. an institutional internal ID).

Example: Local number=E-GEOD-34814

References to supplementary materials

This field is prefilled with the value:

IsPartOf: <Handle of the receiving collection>

Optional: references to other publications related to the data submitted and the nature of the relationship.

Relation type

Select the type of relationship to the referenced publication:

IsCitedBy

Cites

IsSupplementTo

IsSupplementedBy

IsContinuedBy

Continues

HasMetadata

IsMetadataFor

IsNewVersionOf

IsPreviousVersionOf

IsPartOf

HasPart

IsRefererencedBy

References

IsDocumentedBy

Documents

IsCompiledBy

Compiles

IsVariantFormOf

IsOriginalFormOf

IsIdenticalTo

IsReviewedBy

Reviews

IsDerivedFrom

IsSourceOf

ID type

Type of reference:

ARK

arXiv

bibcode

DOI

EAN13

EISSN

Handle

ISBN

ISSN

ISTC

LISSN

LISD

PMID

PURL

UPC

URL

URN

ID

Reference to the publication

Other components

Optional specification and description of important components that may be contained in the research data. Types can be for example: Database ID, registration number, GenBank, IntEnz, PubChem, MedGen, PDB, Molecular Formula.

Type of component

Description

Specification of geographical references

If the data refer to geographical areas, specification of geographical references.

Countries to which the data refer

Optional selection of countries to be referenced.

Region(s) to which the data relates

Optional specification of regions to be referenced. Use English terms if necessary.

Examples: Saxony; Alps; Taunus; South America.

Coordinates of places to which the data refer

Optional specification of coordinates of places that are referenced. Coordinates according to World Geodetic System 1984 - WGS 84.

Example (Dresden, Goldener Reiter): "51.058, 13.741"

Areas to which the data relate

Optional indication of areas (limited by two coordinates) that are referenced.

Example (Portugal): "36,960 -9,503 42,154 -6,190".

Data license

If the research data is shared or published, the license of the data determines the rights of third parties to use the data, as well as any obligations resulting from the use of the data.

Owner of the rights of use

Mandatory field

This field is prefilled with the value:

Institution of the data submitter

Name of a company/institution or person holding the rights of use.

Rights of use of the data record

Mandatory field

Selection of a Creative Commons license or a another individual license, which must then be entered in the following input field "Own specification of usage rights". The reservation of all rights is only possible for submissions that are not released as Open Access.

CC BY 4.0 Attribution

CC BY-ND 4.0 Attribution-NoDerivates

CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike

CC BY-NC 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivates

CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication

All Rights Reserved

Individual license

Individual specification of the usage rights (license)

This field must be filled in if "Individual license" has been selected under "Rights of use of the data record".

Optional specification of a license that differs from the Creative Commons licenses, e.g. a discipline-specific license.

Upload file(s)

Select, upload, and describe the files associated with the submission.

File

At least one file must be uploaded.

Upload files from locally available file systems.

Description of the file

Optional description of each individual file in terms of format, content, processing, etc.