1. First Steps with DATS

This document gives an overview of the DATS components from a practical perspective, i.e. considering how DATS is used to describe a specific dataset considering a set of questions that determine the dataset provenance.

1.1. Who produced the dataset:

DATS records the Person (s) and Organization (s) associated with the dataset. In addition, it supports documenting their roles (e.g. creator, curator, developer, funder, principal investigator)

1.2. When was the data produced:

DATS records key Date*(s) about the *Dataset.

Each Date can specify its type, related to the event related to the key date (e.g. creation, update, validation, verification, deprecation of the dataset).

This mechanism of providing a generic Date indicating its type allows for extensions to new types of dates, which may be required in specific scenarios.

1.3. What is the dataset about:

DATS records the nature of information available in a dataset through the data type object.

1.4. Why was the data produced:

DATS supports to document the purpose, objective or hypothesis that gave origin to the dataset.

1.5. Where and How the dataset can be accessed: