DCAT-AP 1.2 released

DCAT-AP 1.2 - discover and download new release!

Published on: 08/11/2018
Last update: 23/07/2019

We would like to announce the update of the DCAT Application Profile for data portals in Europe (DCAT-AP) and share with you the highlights of this release!

What’s new?

This new version 1.2 implements changes to DCAT-AP version 1.1 addressing comments received via GitHub:

  1. Changed cardinality for the Licence Document class – Licence type property (dct:type) from 0… 1 to 0…n, and, as a result, this property can be repeated in the case that multiple licence types apply to a licence document. The UML schema, RDF and SCHACL distributions were updated accordingly.
  2. UML schema updated with all the cardinalities described in the specification documentation for easier access to the information.
  3. Editorial fix on page 26 of the DCAT-AP v1.2 published documentation (.DOC, .PDF and .ODT formats) where LicenceDocument dct:type property was represented as a mandatory property instead of a recommended property.

Discover and download version 1.2 on the DCAT-AP solutions space here.

What was the process?

In September 2018, the ISA² Programme of the European Commission started the minor release cycle for DCAT-AP aiming to address requests for change received by users through the GitHub repository. A public review was organised in line with the Change and Release Management Policy for DCAT-AP. DCAT-AP Working Group members and users were invited to share their comments by the 26th of October 2018.

What's next?

The other open issues which were not covered in this release will be discussed in the DCAT-AP Working Group as of March 2019 in preparation for the next major release that is scheduled for November 2019.


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The DCAT Application Profile for data portals in Europe (DCAT-AP) has been developed in the context of the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Programme. DCAT-AP is a specification based on W3C's Data Catalogue vocabulary (DCAT) for describing public sector datasets in Europe. Its basic use case is to enable a cross-data portal search for data sets and make public sector data better searchable across borders and sectors. This can be achieved by the exchange of descriptions of data sets among data portals.


Want to discover more?

For more information, insights and relevant documentation, please visit our DCAT-AP pages on Joinup.