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Short Title

Changes in the Metadata

Source Documnent

Principles and best practices in data versioning for all datasets big and small

Source Document Link


Publishing Organisation

RDA Data Versioning WG

Date of Publication



Quality control/ curation

Addressed Stakeholders

data stewards


metadata, versioning


Sometimes the metadata of a dataset is changed. This may be due to the correction of the metadata, metadata elements added, or any other reason. If these changes do not change the bitstream of a dataset manifestation, a change in the metadata does not constitute a new version. In short: a change in the catalogue entry does not constitute a new work.