I think it‘s a good idea, the CASRAI CREDIT list is of course overly general across domains – but still much more specific than the generic “author” and “contributor” and still relatively easy for authors to fill in; several journals now ask for this – e.g. https://openscience.bmj.com/pages/policies/#CREDIT yet this information tends to stay textual within the text. In Dataset records etc. it is harder to provide this information consistently, at least without a structured manifest.
It is important to note that the contributor roles are many-to-many.
One challenge is how to identify each of the CREDIT terms, particular “Writing – review & editing” with space, “–“, “ “ and “&” is tricky to parse consistent characters for and not so JSON friendly. In Datacite will the terms be identified by an enum or URI?
Ontologies like Contributor Role Ontology https://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/CRO/?p=classes&conceptid=root can be much more specific, so perhaps an option to add arbitrary contributor role URIs to identify contributorship can allow being more specific? However this level of detail is very hard to get out of humans registering their outputs in a repository.
Hi Metadata Working Group,
The following is a suggestion by one of our members that was discussed in the February Open Hours session. There was a significant number of comments and discussion about this suggestion. Thus here we are forwarding all the information for your consideration.
Suggestion: Include the CRediT Taxonomy in the DataCite schema. One of our data repositories recently enquired about the possibility of providing the CRediT taxonomy for creators associated with the metadata provided to DataCite for data DOI assignment.
Comments from Open Hours Discussion
from Open hours we heard comments such as : contributor roles. DataCite had used a system defined by CASRAI, but CASRAI expunged that list from its own website it 1-2 years ago. Since then, the CREDIT list has become available. Switching from one to the other, however, is not easy - the lists do not map directly at 100%. So this is a potential non-backwards-compatible change in how the contributor metadata is recorded.
Comments from Members
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