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Metadata and Application Profiles

Metadata and Application Profiles


Metadata structures and describes data. They serve to ensure the findability and reproducibility of data. For this reason, all files of a resource should be provided with metadata.

Depending on the subject area, subject-specific combinations of metadata have become established, so-called metadata schemata. In Coscine, application profiles correspond either to an already established metadata schema (e.g. RADAR) or to an individually created metadata schema (e.g. Ltt). 


General information

When configuring a resource, you have to specify an application profile. The application profile represents your metadata schema and should be chosen carefully. After all, you use the metadata scheme to define the fields with which you can later describe your files. It is not possible to change the application profile for existing files.

The following application profiles are available as standard:


Many other specific application profiles are available.


The RADAR metadata schema is a list of essential properties of the metadata that you can use to describe your research data. It is based on the DataCite metadata schema Kernel 4.0, a widespread standard for describing data records without considering the respective discipline. Providing metadata along with your published or archived data in RADAR ensures that the data is searchable, accessible, compatible and reproducible.

The current version contains ten mandatory fields for the information required for DOI registration in accordance with the DataCite metadata scheme 4.0 and must be filled out when submitting metadata to RADAR. In addition, discipline-specific data can be described with thirteen optional parameters.


EngMeta is a metadata schema for describing engineering research data. As part of the DIPL-ING project, the EngMeta metadata model was created to describe research data from (computer-aided) engineering.

In addition to general information such as the author, title and creation date, EngMeta also offers description categories for the recorded and controlled variables, components and boundary conditions of the observed system as well as parameters of the observation itself, e.g. the temporal and spatial resolution. EngMeta also enables the documentation of the entire research process including the actors involved, software, instruments and computing environment as well as the methods used with their parameters.

Individual Application Profiles

If you cannot find a suitable application profile for your project among those already available, please use the application profile generator to create your own application profile.


last changed on 07/14/2022

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