Research Object Crate (RO-Crate)


  1. What is RO-Crate?
  2. Where did RO-Crate come from?
  3. Who is it for?
  4. When can I use it?
  5. How can I use it?
  6. Contribute to RO-Crate community
  7. Cite RO-Crate
  8. Navigation

News: RO-Crate Metadata specification 1.1 released

What is RO-Crate?

RO-Crate is a community effort to establish a lightweight approach to packaging research data with their metadata. It is based on annotations in JSON-LD, and aims to make best-practice in formal metadata description accessible and practical for use in a wider variety of situations, from an individual researcher working with a folder of data, to large data-intensive computational research environments.

Where did RO-Crate come from?

RO-Crate is the marriage of Research Objects with DataCrate. It aims to build on their respective strengths, but also to draw on lessons learned from those projects and similar research data packaging efforts. For more details, see background.

Who is it for?

The RO-Crate effort brings together practitioners from very different backgrounds, and with different motivations and use-cases. Among our core target users are: a) researchers engaged with computation and data-intensive, workflow-driven analysis; b) digital repository managers and infrastructure providers; c) individual researchers looking for a straight-forward tool or how-to guide to “FAIRify” their data; d) data stewards supporting research projects in creating and curating datasets.

We continue to gather usecases, please help us by adding more.

When can I use it?

See the specification page for older and future versions.

How can I use it?

We try to maintain a list of RO-Crate implementations and examples.

Contribute to RO-Crate community

RO-Crate is developed as a community effort and an Open Source project.

You are welcome to join us! Contributors are expected to comply with our Code of Conduct to ensure an open and inclusive environment.

The RO-Crate team try to meet in a monthly telcon, see the rolling agenda for schedule, call-in details and minutes.

See also recent and upcoming events.

Cite RO-Crate

Eoghan Ó Carragáin; Carole Goble; Peter Sefton; Stian Soiland-Reyes (2019): A lightweight approach to research object data packaging Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC2019)

See also recent publications, presentations and citations.