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Guidance on Versioning of Digital Assets

Buttigieg, Pier Luigi and Cristiano, Luigia and Curdt, Constanze and Ihsan, Ahmad Z. and Jejkal, Thomas and Koch, Christian and Mannix, Oonagh and Mohr, Daniel P. and Pirogov, Anton and Stucky, Karl-Uwe (2022) Guidance on Versioning of Digital Assets. Other. doi: 10.3289/HMC_publ_04.

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Official URL: https://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/57955/


Versioning of data and metadata is a crucial - but often overlooked - topic in scientific work. Using the wrong version of a (meta)data set can lead to drastically difference outcomes in interpretation, and lead to substantial, propagating downstream errors. At the same time, past versions of (meta)data sets are valuable records of the research process which should be preserved for transparency and complete reproducibility. Further, the final version of (meta)data sets may actually include errors that previous versions did not. Thus, careful version control is the foundation for trust in and broad reusability of research and operational (meta)data. This document provides an introduction to the principles of versioning, technical recommendations on how to manage version histories, and discusses some pitfalls and possible solutions. In the first part of this document, we present examples of change processes that require proper management and introduce popular versioning schemes. Finally, the document presents recommended practices for researchers as well as for infrastructure developers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/193967/
Document Type:Monograph (Other)
Title:Guidance on Versioning of Digital Assets
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Buttigieg, Pier LuigiGEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozean Forschunghttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4366-3088UNSPECIFIED
Cristiano, LuigiaHelmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energiehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1418-0984UNSPECIFIED
Curdt, ConstanzeGEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozean Forschunghttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9606-9883UNSPECIFIED
Ihsan, Ahmad Z.Forschungszentrum Jülichhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1008-4530UNSPECIFIED
Jejkal, ThomasKarlsruhe Institute of Technologyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2804-688XUNSPECIFIED
Koch, ChristianDeutsches Krebsforschungszentrumhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4344-0837UNSPECIFIED
Mannix, OonaghHelmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energiehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0575-2853UNSPECIFIED
Mohr, Daniel P.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrthttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9382-6586UNSPECIFIED
Pirogov, AntonForschungszentrum Jülichhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5077-7497UNSPECIFIED
Stucky, Karl-UweKarlsruhe Institute of Technologyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0065-0762UNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2022
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Series Name:HMC Paper
Keywords:Versioning, Digital Asset, Reproducibility, Version Control
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignment
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):no assignment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Deposited By: Mohr, Dr. Daniel P.
Deposited On:02 Mar 2023 08:42
Last Modified:02 Mar 2023 08:42

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