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Concept help - Data Set

A Data Set describes a record of data, including any location or time boundaries for the data, that has been captured and is available for use under a specific licence. A Data Set may be included in a Data Catalog, and can reference multiple Distributions that record different parts or formats of the data that are available to download.

A a dataset in DCAT is defined as a "collection of data, published or curated by a single agent, and available for access or download in one or more formats". A dataset does not have to be available as a downloadable file. For example, a dataset that is available via an API can be defined as an instance of dcat:Dataset and the API can be defined as an instance of dcat:Distribution. DCAT itself does not define properties specific to APIs description. These are considered out of the scope of this version of the vocabulary. Nevertheless, this can be defined as a profile of the DCAT vocabulary.

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)
Is Federated
Is Not Federable
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
License Information about the license document under which the dataset is made available.
Rights Information about rights held in and over the dataset.
Release Date Date of formal publication of the dataset.
Modification Date Most recent date on which the dataset was changed, updated or modified.
Frequency The frequency at which dataset is published.
Spatial Coverage Spatial or geographic coverage of the dataset.
Temporal Coverage The temporal or time period that the dataset covers.
Catalog An entity responsible for making the dataset available.
Landing Page A Web page that can be navigated to in a Web browser to gain access to the dataset, its distributions and/or additional information
Contact Point Relevant contact information for the Dataset.
Conforming Specification An established standard to which the described resource conforms.
Item Base

Custom Fields

Field Short definition Long definition
Security Classification The security classification applied to the asset as specified by the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework.
Sensitive Data The indicator of whether the data asset contains sensitive data.
Legal Authority The legal mandate under which the asset was collected, created, received, used or disclosed.
Disposal Information about current records authorities and the disposal actions that relate to the data asset.
Data Custodian The data custodian(s) of the data, according to the Data Availability and Transparency Act.
Data Status A status that describes the state of progression or registration of the data asset.
File size The size of the asset in bytes
Format The file format of the data distribution.
Keyword A keyword or tag describing the asset.
Language Language of the asset.
Publisher The name of an entity responsible for making the asset available.
Purpose A descriptive summary of the intentions with which the asset was developed.
Resource Type The category of asset being described.

Official Definition

A representation of a dataset in a catalog. Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT): 5.3 Class: Dataset