After a dataset is published to Blackfynn Discover, it is possible to update some of the metadata describing the dataset without publishing a new version of a dataset (and subsequently creating a new DOI). This can be helpful if you want to add tags, update collaborators (and their ORCID accounts), update the description or change other information that does not change the underlying data associated with the dataset (files and metadata records).

Specifically, creating a revision will update:

  • The title of the dataset

  • The contributors of a dataset

  • The summary of the dataset

  • The license of the dataset

  • The tags associated with a dataset

  • The description associated with the dataset

  • The image associated with a dataset

The updated information will directly be visible on Blackfynn Discover, and be reflected in a revision file inside the published dataset. No files in the published dataset will be overwritten.

How to create a revision?

After publishing a dataset, it is possible to create a new revision of the published dataset using the publication submission workflow. First, you click on the Publishing menu on the left-hand tab, select your dataset, and check both checkboxes. It is important to note that the second checkbox can only be selected for published datasets, when the underlying files and metadata have not been altered:

Once this revision is accepted by the Publisher team, the latest version of the published dataset will be updated on Blackfynn Discover with the revised dataset information and the latest revision number will be displayed as part of the public dataset page on Blackfynn Discover:

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