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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:  18 April 2019 (Release 2.23.1)

Improvements, Modifications, and New Features:

  • Theme Keywords: Use of the USGS Thesaurus is now required as the first instance of theme keywords provided for USGS metadata records. Users are free to use additional, relevant theme keyword thesauri and individual theme keywords not in the USGS Thesaurus in their metadata, in addition to at least one theme keyword chosen from the USGS Thesaurus. Required use of the USGS Thesaurus in OME is intended to facilitate discovery of data in the USGS Science Data Catalog by means of keyword browsing of topics.
  • Format of Originator/Author Names: OME is now formally specifying the format LastName, FirstName (MI) for all individual Originator names in the record. This is intended to provide better normalization of USGS author names in the USGS Science Data Catalog, and other downstream metadata catalogs such as and the GeoPlatform.

Technical Problem With OME?

If you are experiencing a technical problem with the OME (e.g., problems saving or locating your record; lost data; timeout issues; a field not working as expected), please use the OME Service Desk to report the issue. You will generate a ticket to describe your issue. Using the Service Desk helps to ensure that the OME development team is promptly notified of a potential problem, and allows you to track the status and progress of your reported issue until it is resolved.

Known and Reported Issues

ISSUE: 'Download Metadata Package' is not producing a downloaded zip file of validated metadata.

REPORTED: 08/13/2018

STATUS: In Progress. OME currently cannot complete the 'validate and download' process, due to its dependency on the Metadata Parser (MP) Service. MP, which validates a metadata record and produces the zip file for download from the OME, is currently broken. Both the web service (used by OME), and the online form version, are down after a code change on 8/10/2018 resulted in an unanticipated outage. A team of developers is working with instructions from the owner of MP to restore a previous version on the host server.

We have not yet received an estimated time to restoration of the service.

If you need your metadata XML file now, you can use the 'Download Draft XML Without Validating' option to download the latest version of your record. Your metadata reviewer may be able to do some review without a validation service, but s/he also will not be able to use the online version of MP at this time, due to the outage.

An updated message will be posted here as soon as we have more information about the status of MP. We regret any inconvenience to your efforts to complete your metadata.


Browser Advisory

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.

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  1. Is there a way to reorder the keywords after they have been entered (e.g. alphabetical order)? Similarly, is there a way to reorder the attributes after they have been entered (e.g. left-to-right order as they appear in a spreadsheet)?