Metadata schema for plasma science and technology

The plasma metadata schema (Plasma-MDS) aims to support the standardized documentation of research data in the field of plasma physics. In accordance with typical plasma processes and applications, the schema contains metadata fields to collect annotations about plasma source, plasma medium, and plasma target. Furthermore, metadata for the respectively applied diagnostic and modelling/simulation methods are collected. Finally, resource metadata fields are included to describe the individual digital objects belonging to the dataset.


Plasma-MDS supports research data management in accordance with the FAIR data principles. So far, it is used by the INterdisciplinary Plasma Technology Data Platform INPTDAT ( and the research data repository of the Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions at Ruhr Universität Bochum (

The linked GitHub repository is intended to provide a way for collaborative advancement of the metadata schema by the community. This will also provide a basis for a community-driven extension of the plasma knowledge graph, which is currently under development within the framework of the project QPTDat.

GitHub repository:

Schema documentation:

St. Franke et al., Sci. Data 7, 439 (2020)

Open data platforms using Plasma-MDS:

Partners and funding:

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