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Aggregation of Existing Metadata to Support Science Programs

The Coastal Marine Spatial Planning process has a mandate to create a catalog of relevant data for use by the community within 2 years. Their initial definition of this requirement was to:

  1. Articulate standards to be used (may be many: biological, geophysical, geospatial)
  2. Place to put metadata about relavent data sets
  3. Includes data from every aspect of the Bureau's science
  4. Data will come from multiple sources within the Survey
  5. Tools to create metadata where it doesn't exist
  6. Feedback to the owners of metadata about the quality and usefulness of the metadata
  7. Support for metadata creation, editing, etc.

The group feels this is an excellent test project that all Science Strategies could learn from as they begin to establish their own data management efforts. The suggested approach is to:

  • Work with the NBII Clearinghouse to act as the catalog for identified data sets (as a subcollection of the NBII)
  • Test a variety of metadata tools for creating metadata as needed (GIN Wizard, LTER tool, OBIS data upload, CDI Data Uploader, FGDC tools, etc.)
  • Test approaches for giving feedback on the quality of metadata and pursuing improvement in records
  • Use an XML-based system for maximum extensibility
  • Use the GetCapabilities aspects of the metadata for identifying Web Services, etc.
  • Address legacy data sets with no home by using the Uploader developed in 2010 by the DIDP
  • Includes analog data in need of rescue
  • Pursue visualization tools (GepMapApp, OBIS metadata viewer, etc.) to assess data sets once they are identified

This test case would fit well with the creation of the Bureau Metadata Technical Support Team and give the group a test project in its initial year.

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