The Metadata Model of The Dataverse Project: Helping More Data Become Discoverable

Presentation Date: 

Thursday, June 2, 2016


IASSIST 2016 in Bergen, Norway

Presentation Slides: 

Poster by Eleni Castro.

Since 2006 the Dataverse Project, an open source data repository application developed at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), has provided metadata for datasets in the social sciences using the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standard. Over time the Dataverse application has expanded to also include metadata and file support for: additional domains such as astronomy and the biomedical sciences, as well as to increase interoperability with other systems. This poster will describe the process of expanding support to other domains for purposes of interoperability, discovery, preservation and reuse. It will also provide a visual graph outlining all of the currently supported APIs, metadata standards/ schemas (based on DDI Codebook, Dublin Core, DataCite 3.1, Virtual Observatory for astronomy data, and ISA-Tab for biomedical data), ontologies, and thesauri; along with what is planned to be supported in the future (e.g., DCAT, RDF, and