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ready W3C HCLS Dataset Description

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Access to consistent, high-quality metadata is critical to finding, understanding, and reusing scientific data. This document describes a consensus among participating stakeholders in the Health Care and the Life Sciences domain on the description of datasets using the Resource Description Framework (RDF). This specification meets key functional requirements, reuses existing vocabularies to the extent that it is possible, and addresses elements of data description, versioning, provenance, discovery, exchange, query, and retrieval.


Countries that developed this resource Australia , Bulgaria , Canada , Japan , Netherlands , Switzerland , United Kingdom , United States

Created in 2011

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How to cite this record W3C HCLS Dataset Description; W3C HCLS Dataset Description; DOI:; Last edited: April 27, 2021, 8:05 a.m.; Last accessed: Sep 18 2021 3:12 p.m.

This record is maintained by micheldumontier  ORCID

Record added: Feb. 2, 2015, 6:10 p.m.
Record updated: April 16, 2021, 5:37 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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The health care and life sciences community profile for dataset descriptions.

Dumontier M. et al.
PeerJ 2016

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Related Databases (1)
Bio2RDF is an open-source project that uses Semantic Web technologies to build and provide the largest network of Linked Data for the Life Sciences. Bio2RDF defines a set of simple conventions to create RDF(S) compatible Linked Data from a diverse set of heterogeneously formatted sources obtained from multiple data providers.

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