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Metadata Browser: The Importance of Metadata

DaSCH pursues and promotes an open research data policy, whereby metadata should be open and the data itself should be freely accessible to everyone. Metadata is created and collected because it enables and improves the use and reuse of the data that it describes, based on the FAIR principles of being findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. 

The DaSCH Metadata Browser provides access to metadata for all projects available on our servers, where you can search and identify projects whose data are interesting for your purposes and which you might reuse. It also increases the visibility of your own project and provides information such as a brief project description, grant information, citation links, licenses, the project team, and – if the data are already released – a direct link through which to access your data. Furthermore, it allows people to view metadata about your project, thus complying with the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) principle regarding public accessibility. 


Advantages of metadata


  • Increases findability

  • Enhances transparency

  • Increases the likelihood of being cited

  • Identifies datasets that you may want to reuse

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