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In this session, we will present findings from the 2018 CDI project “Content specifications to enable USGS transition to ISO metadata standard.” The open-ended nature of ISO benefits with much greater flexibility and vocabulary to describe research products. However, that flexibility means few constraints that can guide authors and ensure standardized, robust documentation across the bureau. This project provided a proof of concept in how documentation requirements for various USGS products can translate into specifications that in turn can be enabled by a metadata editor user interface, thus guiding an author toward robust and standardized metadata using the ISO international standard. We will demonstrate the initial content specifications driven user interface in the mdEditor metadata authoring tool.

Science Support Framework Category: Data

Author(s): Dennis Walworth ( USGS Alaska Science Center, Frances Lightsom ( Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Joshua Bradley ( USFWS Alaska Region

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