Scholarly Citation of Data

This paper proposes an approach to citing quantitative data, outlining each of the proposed fields and the issues they address. It appears to be reasonably comprehensive, and may be a suitable standard, at least in outline.

The approach will only be capable of becoming a standard once implementations are defined for some of the fields, however. In particular, one field points to a "metadata description", which is unfortunately not specified with a schema, and which points in turn to a Uniform Numeric Fingerprint, which is conceptually described but not discussed in detail. These implementation protocols are needed to move forward effectively.