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Concept help - Data Catalog

A Data Catalog records a curated collection of data sets.

A data catalog conforms to DCAT if: It is organized into datasets and distributions. An RDF description of the catalog itself and its datasets and distributions is available (but the choice of RDF syntaxes, access protocols, and access policies is not mandated by this specification). The contents of all metadata fields that are held in the catalog, and that contain data about the catalog itself and its dataset and distributions, are included in this RDF description, expressed using the appropriate classes and properties from DCAT, except where no such class or property exists. All classes and properties defined in DCAT are used in a way consistent with the semantics declared in this specification. DCAT-compliant catalogs may include additional non-DCAT metadata fields and additional RDF data in the catalog's RDF description.

Fields available on this metadata type

Field ISO definition
Name The primary name used for human identification purposes.
Definition Representation of a concept by a descriptive statement which serves to differentiate it from related concepts. (3.2.39)
Version Unique version identifier of this metadata item.
References Significant documents that contributed to the development of the metadata item which were not the direct source for the metadata content.
Origin The source (e.g. document, project, discipline or model) for the item (
Comments Descriptive comments about the metadata item (
Deleted The date after which the item has been soft deleted and is no longer visible in the registry
Release Date Date of formal publication of the catalog.
Updated Date Most recent date on which the catalog was changed, updated or modified.
Homepage A homepage of the catalog (a public Web document usually available in HTML).
Spatial Coverage The geographical area covered by the catalog.
License This links to the license document under which the catalog is made available and not the datasets. Even if the license of the catalog applies to all of its datasets and distributions, it should be replicated on each distribution.
Rights A statement that provides information regarding any access or restrictions based on privacy, security, or other policies that apply to this data set collection.

Official Definition

A representation of a catalog of data. Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT): 5.1 Class: Catalog