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Requesting metadata

Provision of metadata is OPTIONAL for SData Providers. If a Provider does support metadata, it MAY choose to provide consumers with metadata by default.

A consumer can specifically request metadata-enhanced responses through URL parameters as shown below:


In both examples, the response will be supplemented with metadata. In the second case, the metadata will take the form of an embedded $prototype object as explained in more detail in SData prototypes section.

The “include” parameters provide an efficient² manner for consumers to retrieve metadata.

In the case of prototypes, these may also be directly retrieved from links specified by the Provider, for example:


The prototypes of an application are resources exposed under a $prototypes URL segment. While the complete URL delivering prototypes is a matter for the application, it is suggested that the $prototypes be located at the same level as resource kinds.

As discussed in SData prototypes section, a resource kind may expose several prototypes. These are returned as a JSON feed by a GET operation on the URL ending in $prototypes/resourceKindName.

For example, the following will retrieve a feed of $prototypes for the addresses resource kind:


2. In this manner an additional round-trip to retrieve the prototype separately is avoided.

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