Research data types


A series of visual representations imparting an impression of motion when shown in succession. May or may not include sound.  Could be used for films, video, etc. 


An aggregation of resources, which may encompass collections of one research data type as well as those of mixed types. A collection is described as a group; its parts may also be separately described.  Could be a collection of samples, or various files making up a report.

Data paper

A factual and objective publication with a focused intent to identify and describe specific data, sets of data, or data collections to facilitate discoverability.  A data paper describes data provenance and methodologies used in the gathering, processing, organizing, and representing the data.


Data encoded in a defined structure.  Could be a data file or files.


A non-persistent, time-based occurrence.  Could be descriptive information and/or content that is the basis for discovery of the purpose, location, duration, and responsible agents associated with an event such as a webcast or convention.


A visual representation other than text.  Could be digitised or born digital images, drawings or photographs.

Interactive resource

A resource requiring interaction from the user to be understood, executed, or experienced.  Could be training modules, files that require use of a viewer (e.g., Flash), or query/response portals.


An abstract, conceptual, graphical, mathematical or visualization model that represents empirical objects, phenomena, or physical processes.  Could be modelled descriptions of, for example, different aspects of languages or a molecular biology reaction chain.

Physical object

An inanimate, three-dimensional object or substance.  Could be artefacts, specimens.


An organized system of apparatus, appliances, staff, etc., for supplying some function(s) required by end users.  Could be a data management service, or long-term preservation service.


A computer program in source code (text) or compiled form. Could be software supporting scholarly research.


A resource primarily intended to be heard.  Could be an audio recording.


A resource consisting primarily of words for reading.  Could be grey literature, lab notes, accompanying materials.


A structured series of steps which can be executed to produce a final outcome, allowing users a means to specify and enact their work in a more reproducible manner. They could be computational workflows involving sequential operations made on data by wrapped software. They may be specified in a format belonging to a workflow management system, such as Taverna.   


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