Use Case 32 - Transfer Object Ownership


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User or organization takes over ‘ownership’ of a set of objects (write access for orphaned records), or the existing owner of an object would like to transfer ownership to another principal.


Ownership transfer needs to be supported so that all there is always someone that has the ability to manage the object. There are many circumstances w where such changes are required, and the DataONE infrastructure should support this operation both technically and operationally.

  • Current and new data owner

  • Data managers

  • Content exists in the DataONE system

  • Owner wants to transfer ownership role

  • Organization needs to take control of objects (owner no longer filling that role)

  • Current owner no longer able to fill that role

Post Conditions
  • Object ownership has been changed

  • Updated to roles updated through the federation


Figure 1. Interactions for use case 32. User or organization takes over ‘ownership’ of a set of objectsn(write access for orphaned records).


  • Q. Is there an authority for any given data/metadata object? A. The authority for any object is expressed in the system metadata element SystemMetadata.rightsHolder.