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If I understand correctly, sdo:citation is being used here in the sense of “is supplementary material for”. If this is the semantic meaning of sdo:citation, it is a bit different from the usual meaning of citation.
Usually, I would expect citation to be one-way: ArticleA cites ArticleB.
But in the meaning implied by the Dataset guidelines, both the following statements would be valid:
ArticleA sdo:citation DatasetD (the usual meaning: the article cites the dataset)
DatasetD sdo:citation ArticleA (the additional meaning: the dataset requires the article to be cited alongside the dataset)
I find this confusing.
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Sent: 03 February 2020 12:04
To: LJ.Garcia ; Research Metadata Schemas WG
Cc: Adam Shepherd
Subject: Re: [rda-research-schemas-wg] citation property in Dataset
Yes Leyla, this is what I understand as well. The google guidelines is consistent with the definition of citation from the :
On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 11:43 PM Adam Shepherd wrote:
I agree with you, Leyla
On Jan 13, 2020, at 3:57 AM, ljgarcia via Research Metadata Schemas WG wrote:

Dear all,
During our last meeting we discussed what seems to be contradictory information on the Google guidelines regarding the Dataset type (
After reading that document again, I think there is no contradiction there. Let’s suppose we have a dataset named “OurDataset” where AA, BB, CC and DD have contributed and we have a paper about that dataset titled “OurDataset, integrating omics data” with only AA as author.
What Google recommends is something like:
“OurDataset” object -> citation -> “OurDataset, integrating omics data” object
“@type”: “Dataset”,
“name”: “OurDataset”,
“citation”: {
“@type”: “ScholarlyArticle”,
“name”: “OurDataset, integrating omics data”,
“author”: {
“@type”: “Person”,
“name”: “AA”
What Google asks us not to do is something like
“OurDataset” object -> citation -> “OurDataset” object
“@type”: “Dataset”,
“name”: “OurDataset”,
“citation”: {
“@type”: “Dataset”,
“name”: “OurDataset”
Do you agree this is what is written in that document? Should I still try to reach Dan Brickley from ?
Kind regards,

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