At DataCite, we often receive questions about the different options for the
relationType attribute of the relatedIdentifier property. relationTypes also come frequently on the PID Forum (search for “relationType” or “relation type”).
To help clarify when to use different relationTypes, schema 5.0 could include revised definitions, more examples, user guides, and/or changes to the list of relationTypes.
So, to get this work started, I have a few questions for DataCite metadata schema users:
What types of relationships are you trying to capture between DOIs and other research outputs?
- For example: a paper citing a dataset; an article that is a translation of another article; simulation data that is generated by software…
What relationTypes are you using for those relationships, if you’re including them in DataCite metadata?
Has your institution developed interpretations for any of the DataCite relationTypes?
Here’s schema 4.4 for reference: https://schema.datacite.org/meta/kernel-4.4/doc/DataCite-MetadataKernel_v4.4.pdf - the relationTypes and their definitions are on p. 58.
All input is welcome - we’ll be delving into specific use cases in the coming year as we start schema 5.0 work.