DARTS: Artifacts

Artifact Evaluation

All artifacts to be published within DARTS need to undergo some sort of systematic evaluation process, typically administered by an evaluation committee.  Thereby, it should be ensured that the artifact is well documented, easy to reuse, and  consistent, and complete with respect to the claims made in the related research paper.

It is up to the editors of a special issue to organize the evaluation process and to provide the methodology for the evaluation. As a suggestion, the guidelines for Artifact Evaluation for Software Conferences can serve as basis. The description of the artifact evaluation process has to be public available and is part of the preface of the issue and of the proposal.

Artifact Description

Each artifact is published with a separate description which should

  • contain information of the scope of the artifact,
  • list the content of the artifact,
  • provide information about the origin of the artifact (e.g., reference to version control platforms like GitHub including a version number (if applicable),
  • specify the platform on which the artifact has been tested (if applicable),
  • provide a reference to the license of the artifact (DARTS requires the usage of free and open source software licenses. The license of the artifact can be different from the license of the artifact description. The description is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany license (CC BY 3.0 DE), i.e., the authors retain their copyright. For a incomplete list of free licenses, please visit http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.en.html and https://opensource.org/licenses/.),
  • the MD5 sum of the artifact,
  • the size of the artifact,
  • keywords,
  • the DOI, as well as
  • a reference to the related research paper.


Each artifact is published with machine-readable metadata including the following information according the DataCite Metadata Schema:

  • title
  • authors (The list of authors of the artifact may include people who are not authors of the related paper, but contributed to creating the artifact.)
  • keywords \ subjects
  • publisher
  • publication date
  • type (e.g., DataCite properties resourceTypeGeneral and resourceType)
  • DOI
  • identifier (e.g., DOI) of the related research paper
  • size
  • version (if applicable)
  • license

File formats

DARTS accepts any kind of data file formats for the artifacts. However, it can not guarantee continued access and preservation of obsolete or obscure formats. For that reason, open, non-proprietary and well-documented formats are highly recommended wherever possible.

Artifact preface

Each issue in the Dagstuhl Artifacts Series (DARTS) has a preface written by the chairs of artifact evaluation committee that describes the artifact evaluation process. This description is also an essential part of the proposal.

To the Publications

DARTS Webportal: Archive of all published DARTS volumes.


In case of questions, please contact:

Dr. Michael Wagner

Phone: + 49 (0)6871 / 905-200

E-Mail: michael.wagner(at)dagstuhl.de