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Metadata Store (MDS) for Users (Data centers)


MDS UI deprecated

The MDS user interface (the human-readable portal at has been retired as of December 1, 2018 in favor of DataCite DOI Fabrica. The MDS UI no longer exists. These help pages are now historical.

If you're a DataCite Provider or Client, you already have an account in DOI Fabrica using your MDS credentials. Learn more about DOI Fabrica

This change does not affect the MDS API, which is still available through the endpoint.

Dataset Management: Register New Dataset

You can create a new DOI for your dataset from your left menu: 'Register new Dataset'.

In the form, fill in the next fields:

  1. DOI: Fill the new DOI name you want to mint.
  2. URL: Provide the URL of the landing page of the object.
  3. XML upload: Choose an XML containing the metadata description of the object. Only files following the DataCite Metadata Schema will be allowed. Please check the DataCite Metadata Schema Documentation for the current version of the DataCite Metadata Schema.

When you hit ‘Save’ the request will be sent and the form will be evaluated. If all the information provided is correct, a new DOI will be minted. Be aware that it can take up to 24 hours until a DOI update is globally known. New DOIs should be resolvable after about 5 minutes.

Dataset Management: Modify a Dataset

If you want to update the DOI pointing to one of your datasets you can do it using the DataCite Metadata Store (MDS). First, you will have to locate the dataset by Listing all your datasets using the Find by DOI functionality on your left menu:

The list of results will look like this:

Use the binoculars icon to preview the DOI information, and access the edit and update functions.

Once you preview a DOI entry, you can use the Yellow pencil button on the bottom right of the first box to edit the dataset's DOI. You will see the same submission form you had when you registered the dataset. You can now update the URL and/or metadata.


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Updated 10 months ago

Metadata Store (MDS) for Users (Data centers)

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