This space provides general information about the USGS Online Metadata Editor (OME), including help documentation, announcements of updates and improvements, and a community forum for questions and answers about the tool and the standard it supports.
Latest Updates and Improvements
Last Release Date: 6 December 2017 (Release 2.17)
Improvements, Modifications, and New Features:
- Data Source: Users must now assign to each record the appropriate Data Source (e.g., USGS center or program) responsible for the data release. The record cannot be Quick Saved or Save(d) and Close(d) until this mandatory field is populated from the picklist provided.
- Mint a DOI from OME feature now includes option for ScienceBase data release: metadata authors who know that the data release will take place through ScienceBase can indicate this in the DOI field.
- Position field is now included in all Contact Information sections: This is an optional field in the CSDGM standard that was added to the OME at the request of some users. If the Active Directory record for the Contact contains a position name, that information will be auto-populated through the lookup.
The OME is optimized for Google Chrome, and we recommend that users choose Chrome when accessing this editor. Generally speaking, the OME performs adequately in Firefox and Safari; however, the user interface may look and behave slightly differently in these browsers.
The OME is not completely functional in Internet Explorer, and we therefore strongly urge users to not use Internet Explorer to access this tool. Because Microsoft discontinued further development of IE in 2015, the browser no longer includes up to date code libraries that are necessary for many applications, including OME, to operate correctly. You are at risk of losing your metadata, being unable to correctly save your metadata, and being unable to use key functionality in the OME if you choose to login using Internet Explorer.