For those who haven’t heard of DataCite, it’s an international nonprofit that wants to change the way researchers deal with data. Their main goals are:
- Establish easier access to research data on the Internet
- Increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record
- Support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study.
As part of their mission, they have created an updated version of the DataCite Metadata Generator, now live on the DataCite website. This tool aims to help people who work with datasets, whether it’s a large data housing organization like a library or an individual researcher, to create metadata by populating text boxes and selecting values from drop-downs. It seems to be a great tool for those struggling with metadata standards.