Exercise 3

Creating a Metadata Record

Learning objectives:

  • To gain understanding of the role and application of metadata inmanaging science data.
  • To become familiar with scientific metadata standards through hands-on exercise.
How to proceed:

  • Use the information in the table you created for Exercise 2 as the base for mapping with a scientific metadata standard, e.g. if you used geospatial dataset and repository for Exercise 1 and 2, you would be mapping the information with FGDC metadata standard elements.
  • Add a column to the second table as shown below:
    Table 4. Grouping information categories.

    Information category Information identified Entity Mapping to metadata standard
    Maintenance authority USGS Repository Publisher
    Time coverage 1920-present Repository Time period
  • Obtain a copy of the metadata standard. Compare the elements in the standard with the information existing in your table and assign an element or elements to the appropriate information category.
  • Create a metadata record by using one of the following methods (tutorial will be provided for how to use the software:
    • Use Metavista, a software based on CSDGM standard.
    • Use XML schema to create an XML document using an XML editing tool, e.g. XML spy or oXygen XML editor.
  • Write one paragraph or two to summarize your experience in creating the metadata record.
Submission:

  1. An electronic copy of the metadata record in XML format uploaded into WebCT. The deadline for submission is midnight of the due date.
  2. A printout of the summary of experience in creating the metadata record handed in class.