Research Dataset Description Tool Qvain (qvain.fairdata.fi) aims to keep metadata creation simple and uniform; it offers you a simple form to fill-in and save the metadata. Once you are happy with it you simply publish it and thus make it visible to others.
It is the metadata that makes the dataset visible: through it’s metadata the dataset is found and first assessed. Metadata also explains the requirements and terms of proper use and re-use of the data. The longer the life cycle of a dataset, the more important, exhaustive and lucid metadata becomes.
Datasets described in Qvain can have files added from IDA-service, but Qvain also supports data stored outside of Fairdata. Published datasets can be explored in Etsin-service.
Qvain uses a data model made espescially for Fairdata services. You can explore the data model in Interoperability platform: https://tietomallit.suomi.fi/model/mrd/
Advanced users can also use Metax API for describing their data in the same data model. Read more about Metax API.
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