How to express agent roles? Switch to the latest release

6 years ago


DCAT-AP includes a single property to refer to an Agent (person or organisation) related with a dataset: publisher. While in some national profiles, additional Agent roles are defined (e.g. creator, rights holder).

The discussion on the issue is available here.

Current situation

The DCAT-AP specification version v1.1 has one section related to agent roles. The specification is available on this link:

Throughout the interviews with DCAT-AP implementers, no widespread use of other common types of Agent roles was found.


Considering the current use made of different types of Agent roles, no extension of the number of Agent-related properties in DCAT-AP is currently foreseen.


Depending on the emerging needs, an extension could be considered in the future.