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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)
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.

Official Definition

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