Capturing “Just enough”
Data, Software and Metadata
with RO-Crate


Stian Soiland-Reyes

eScience lab, The University of Manchester

INDElab, University of Amsterdam

FAIR Festival 2021
FAIR Implementation Challenges & Solutions

H2020-INFRAEOSC-2018-2 824087

H2020-INFRAEDI-2018-1 823830

H2020-INFRAIA-2017-1 730976

H2020-INFRADEV-2019-2 871118

H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1 823827

What is RO-Crate?

RO-Crate is method for self-decribed datasets as a digital object using a single Linked Data metadata document

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The dataset may contain any kind of
resource, about anything, in any format
as a file, URL or PID

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Each resource have a machine readable description in JSON-LD format

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A human-readable description/preview in an HTML file that lives alongside the metadata

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Provenance and workflow information can be included
– to assist in re-use of data and research processes

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RO-Crate Digital Objects may be packaged for distribution eg via Zip, Bagit and OCFL
– or simply be published on the Web

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RO-Crate capture Research Objects

Credit: Marco La Rosa, Peter Sefton

Making your own RO-Crate with Describo

FAIR is not just machine-readable!

2. July 2021 CWFR call:
RO-Crate relationship with FDOs

RO-Crate as FAIR Digital Object (FDO)

+ FAIR Signposting

Capturing cultural heritage records
as RO-Crates

Credit: Oscar Corcho, Carole Goble

RO-Crate as a archival format

Metadata held alongside hetereogeneous data

Exchange mechanism (import/export)

Avoid repository vendor lock-in

Extensible metadata model

Describing workflows
with RO-Crate


Describe workflow




Authors and contributors

Credit: Carole Goble
Dataverse Community Meeting 2021

RO-Crate Community

The RO-Crate Community is open for anyone to join us!