Metadata Standards

Access to Biological Collection Data | Website
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The Access to Biological Collections Data (ABCD) Schema is an evolving comprehensive standard for the access to and exchange of data about specimens and observations (a.k.a. primary biodiversity data). The ABCD Schema attempts to be comprehensive and highly structured, supporting data from a wide variety of databases. It is compatible with several existing data standards. Parallel structures exist so that either (or both) atomised data and free-text can be accommodated. Version 1.2 is currently in use with the GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and BioCASE (Biological Collection Access Service for Europe) networks.
Astronomy Visualization Metadata Standard | Website
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The primary focus of this document is on print-ready and screen ready astronomical imagery that has been rendered from telescopic observations (also known as ? pretty pictures. Such images can combine data acquired at different wavebands and from different observatories. While the primary intent is to cover data-derived astronomical images, there are broader uses as well. Specifically, the most general subset of this schema is also appropriate for describing artwork and illustrations of astronomical subject matter.
ClinicalTrials.gov Protocol Data Element Definitions | Website
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Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata | Website
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The standard contains a base, CSDGM, and two parts, Biological Data Profile and Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data. This standard is used extensively for creating metadata in many science disciplines.
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata, Part 1: Biological Data Profile | Website
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The purpose of this standard is to provide a user-defined or theme-specific profile of the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata to increase its utility for documenting biological resources data and information. This standard supports increased access to and use of biological data among users on a national (and international) basis. It also helps to broaden the understanding and implementation of the FGDC metadata content standard within the biological resources community. This standard also serves as the metadata content standard for the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII).
Darwin Core | Website
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The Darwin Core metadata profile provides a list of suggested access points and recommendations for their usage for searching natural history specimen and observation databases. It provides suggestions for stringing queries such that they are protocol independent. It also provides guidance as to the content, structure and format of records retrieved from an information server supporting the Darwin Core.
Dublin Core Metadata Element Set | Website
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The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set is a vocabulary of fifteen properties for use in resource description.
Ecological Metadata Language | Website
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The Ecological Metadata Language (EML) is a metadata standard developed by the ecology discipline and for the ecology discipline. It is based on prior work done by the Ecological Society of America and associated efforts. EML is implemented as a series of XML document types that can by used in a modular and extensible manner to document ecological data. Each EML module is designed to describe one logical part of the total metadata that should be included with any ecological dataset. To provide the ecological community with an extensible, flexible, metadata standard for use in data analysis and archiving that will allow automated machine processing, searching and retrieval.
Flexible Image Transport System | Website
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The Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) has been used by astronomers for over 30 years as a data interchange and archiving format; FITS files are now handled by a wide range of astronomical software packages.
GenBank Flat File Format | Website
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Genome Metadata | Website
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Genome Metadata is descriptive data about single genomes. Genome metadata on PATRIC consists of 61 different metadata fields, called attributes, which are organized into the following seven broad categories: Organism Info, Isolate Info, Host Info, Sequence Info, Phenotype Info, Project Info, and Others.
International Virtual Observatory Alliance | Website
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An essential capability of the Virtual Observatory is a means for describing what data and computational facilities are available where, and once identified, how to use them. The data themselves have associated metadata (e.g., FITS keywords), and similarly we require metadata about data collections and data services so that VO users can easily find information of interest. Furthermore, such metadata are needed in order to manage distributed queries efficiently; if a user is interested in finding x-ray images there is no point in querying the HST archive, for example. In this document we suggest an architecture for resource and service metadata and describe the relationship of this architecture to emerging Web Services standards. We also define an initial set of metadata concepts.
ISO/TS 19115:2003 Geographic information — Metadata | Website
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ISO 19115:2003 defines the schema required for describing geographic information and services. It provides information about the identification, the extent, the quality, the spatial and temporal schema, spatial reference, and distribution of digital geographic data.
Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data | Website
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The purpose of the Shoreline Metadata Profile is to address the complexities of shoreline data while serving the community of users involved with geospatial data activities that intersect the U.S. Shoreline. The glossary and bibliography are informative annexes that will provide a basis for understanding the shoreline and related issues.
Minimum Information about a (Meta)Genome Sequence | Website
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MIGS/MIMS (Minimum Information About a (Meta)Genome Sequence) outlines a conceptual structure for extending the core information that has been traditionally captured by the INSDC (DDBJ/EMBL/Genbank) to describe genomic and metagenomic sequences. The MIMS extension describes key aspects of environmental context (habitat).
Minimum Information about a MARKer gene Sequence | Website
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Minimum Information about any (x) Sequence | Website
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MIxS was designed to create a single entry point to all minimum information checklists from the GSC and to the environmental packages.
NetCDF Climate and Forecast Metadata Convention | Website
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The CF conventions for climate and forecast metadata are designed to promote the processing and sharing of files created with the NetCDF API The conventions define metadata that provide a definitive description of what the data in each variable represents, and of the spatial and temporal properties of the data. This enables users of data from different sources to decide which quantities are comparable, and facilitates building applications with powerful extraction, regridding, and display capabilities.
NISO Metadata for Images in XML | Website
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The Library of Congress’s Network Development and MARC Standards Office, in partnership with the NISO Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images Standards Committee and other interested experts, is developing an XML schema for a set of technical data elements required to manage digital image collections. The schema provides a format for interchange and/or storage of the data specified in the Data Dictionary – Technical Metadata for Digital Still Images (ANSI/NISO Z39.87-2006).
WHO Trial Registration Data Set | Website
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