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Concept help - Distribution

A Distribution describes the structure and format of a specific downloadable collection of data. Multiple Distributions that capture different parts of data or provide different formats for data may be grouped into a single Data Set.

A distribution represents an accessible form of a dataset as for example a downloadable file, an RSS feed or a web service that provides the data.

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)
Origin The source (e.g. document, project, discipline or model) for the item (
Comments Descriptive comments about the metadata item (
Release Date Date of formal publication of the distribution.
Modification Date Most recent date on which the distribution was changed, updated or modified.
Dataset Connects a distribution to its available dataset
License This links to the license document under which the distribution is made available.
Rights Information about rights held in and over the distribution.
Access Url A landing page, feed, SPARQL endpoint or other type of resource that gives access to the distribution of the dataset.
Download Url A file that contains the distribution of the dataset in a given format.
Byte Size The size of a distribution in bytes. This can be approximated when the precise size is not known.
Media Type The media type of the distribution as defined by IANA.
Format The file format of the distribution.

Official Definition

An accessible form of a dataset as for example a downloadable file. Data Catalog Vocabulary (DCAT): 5.4 Class: Distribution