DataCite Support

Working with Previous DataCite Metadata Schemas

The current version of the DataCite Metadata Schema is 4.0. You can learn more about it here.

For our Metadata store, most of the previous versions of the DataCite Metadata Schema are still valid, although only version 4.0 is preferred.

Supported Versions

Obsolete Versions (not supported, only for archival)

Naming Convention

Starting with version 3.0 only major releases will have a new namespace.

The version number is formatted as: Major.Minor

  • Major Version — A major release is for adding features that require breaking backward compatibility with previous versions or represent fundamental changes. For a major release, the MAJOR component is incremented by one and the MINOR component is set to zero, e.g. 3.1 to 4.0.
  • Minor Version — A minor release is for adding features that do not break backward compatibility with previous versions and for fixing bugs that may or may not break backwards compatibility. For a minor release, the MINOR component is incremented by one, e.g. 3.0 to 3.1.

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Working with Previous DataCite Metadata Schemas