Extending Basic Dublin Core Elements for an Open Research Data Archive

Andias Wira-Alam, Dimitar Dimitrov, Wolfgang Zenk-Möltgen


In our project
"DATORIUM", we intend to provide a simple, open research data repository which focuses
on social science research data. We encourage researchers to deposit their data and
disseminate them among communities or academic partners. One of the key problems for
long-term archiving is ensuring that the metadata elements are consistent and compatible
with other standards. This paper discusses the use of basic DublinCore elements with
some simple extensions for structuring the data at study level. Moreover, we also depict
the interplay between the emerging combination and the DDI metadata elements,
particularly DDI-Lifecycle, and the possibility of using RDF to bring the data into the
Linked Open Data Cloud.