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This vignette gives a tabular overview of how the two systems currently implemented (zenodo and figshare) align with the official entities defined in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). These DCMI entities or “terms” can be extracted from the atom4R package as a data.frame object with the following lines:

library (atom4R)
terms <- getDCMIVocabulary(id = "http://purl.org/dc/terms/")$get ()

The corresponding entities in the zenodo API are defined at developers.zenodo.org, and those for figshare at docs.figshare.com.

DCMI Terms

Zenodo has a separate “Metadata Resource,” elements of which are noted “(m)”.

DC Zenodo Figshare
abstract description(m) (also DC description) description
accessRights access_right(m)/access_conditions(m)
accrualMethod
accrualPeriodicity
accrualPolicy
alternative
audience communities(m)
available
bibliographicCitation journal/conference/imprint/partof/thesis metadata(m(m))
conformsTo
created created timeline:firstOnline
dateAccepted publication_date(m)/dates(m) timeline
dateCopyrighted publication_date(m)/dates(m) timeline
dateSubmitted publication_date(m)/dates(m) timeline
educationLevel
extent
hasFormat
hasPart files/related_identifiers(m)
hasVersion version(m) (see also DC isVersionOf/identifier)
instructionalMethod
isFormatOf
isPartOf projects/collections
isReferencedBy projects/collections
isReplacedBy
isRequiredBy
issued
isVersionOf version(m) (see also DC hasVersion/identifer)
license license(m) license
mediator
medium upload_type(m)/image_type(m) defined_type
modified modified
provenance
references references(m) references
replaces
requires
rightsHolder
spatial locations(m) (see also DC location)
tableOfContents
temporal
valid

DCMI Element Properties

DC Zenodo Figshare
contributor contributors(m)
coverage locations(m) (see also DC spatial)
creator creators(m)/owner authors
date dates(m) timeline
description description(m) (also DC abstract)/method(m)/state description
format defined_type
identifier doi(m)/doi_url(m)/record_id/record_url
language language(m)
publisher
relation
rights
source
subject keywords(m)/subjects(m) categories (per defined list)
title title(m)/version(m)
type upload_type(m)

Additional Data & Metadata Elements not covered by DCMI

Zenodo

  • embargo_date(m)
  • prereserve_doi(m)
  • notes(m)
  • grants(m)
  • submitted

Figshare

  • tags
  • keywords
  • funding/funding_list