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Updating the DataCite Metadata Schema: Introducing Schema 4.5 and deprecating Schema 3

March 13 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm UTC+0

DataCite is pleased to announce the introduction of version 4.5 of its Metadata Schema, and provide updates on the upcoming deprecation of Schema 3.

Schema 4.5 represents a significant advancement in increasing the discoverability and usability of research outputs. This latest minor release, created by the Metadata Working Group in partnership with DataCite staff, incorporates key additions and upgrades to Schema 4 that enable repositories to generate richer and more precise metadata, including support for instruments and pre-registrations, the addition of publisher identities, and substantial definition updates for greater clarity.

As DataCite prepares to deprecate Schema 3 on January 1, 2025, our focus is now on assisting current Schema 3 users in their transition to the more advanced Schema 4, well ahead of the 2025 deadline. This step is crucial in ensuring that all users benefit from the enhanced features and capabilities of the latest schema.

Join us in this webinar to learn about the recent release of Schema 4.5 and the upcoming deprecation of Schema 3. Presenters will share an overview of the new Schema 4.5 features and provide guidance on how Schema 3 users can transition to Schema 4.


00:00 Introduction and Welcome – Sara El-Gebali (Metadata Specialist, DataCite)

00:37 Schema 4.5 release – Sara El-Gebali (Metadata Specialist, DataCite)

21:46 Schema 3 Deprecation – Kelly Stathis (Technical Community Manager, DataCite)

34:27 Q&A session

Please find the slides of the talk here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10813183