This list shows the kinds of information that could be used to describe a research dataset.

  • Contact details of the person who owns or created the dataset
  • Contact details of the person registering the dataset (if this is not the same person)
  • A Unique title for the dataset
  • Type of dataset (eg catalogue or index, collection, registry, dataset)
  • Dates covered by the dataset
  • A text description of the time period covered by the dataset (eg 21st Century, WWII)
  • Geospatial location which may be the area where data was collected, a place that is the subject of the collection or a location which is the focus of an activity
  • A text description that may include characteristics or features of the data as well as information about the scope, methodologies and entities being studied. Any information that would help a researcher determine if the data would be suitable for their reuse would be helpful.
  • Related publications if any
  • Related websites if any
  • Related data if any
  • Information about the creators of the research data
  • Contact details for the person responsible for access to the data
  • Information about the supervisor associated with the data creation if applicable
  • Information about any collaborators in the research project
  • Relevant FOR codes
  • Relevant SEO codes
  • Keywords
  • Type of Research Activity such as pure basic research, strategic basic research, applied research or experimental development
  • Information about access to the collection including access restrictions or embargoes based on privacy, security or other policies
  • Information about rights held in and over the collection such as copyright, licences and other intellectual property rights
  • If licensing such as Creative Commons will apply to the dataset
  • Where the dataset is located such as a URL or a physical location
  • A retention period which must be kept in line with institutional/funding body retention policies
  • The extent or quantity of the data such as the number of files or databases as well as the size of the data (eg in KB, MB, GB or TB)
  • Funding body associated with the creation of the data and associated project details