Do you work with data that describes the physical habitats or biotic components of coastal or marine ecosystems? Wondering how to make your products more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) by implementing metadata keywords and a data dictionary using a standard, interagency, classification system? You’re in luck, there is one: the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS).
Are you currently working with CMECS but find it hard to apply in producing or integrating data? You’re in luck: CMECS is a dynamic FGDC standard, which is periodically updated in response to requests from data producers and users. This year, the CMECS team is collecting suggestions for changes to the standard.
Want to know more? Find us at the DataBlast, where we will have an online browser for exploring the hierarchy of CMECS categories and information on how to make the case for changes in CMECS. With luck, you’ll also meet colleagues to help with defining the change you need and to support your change request.
Science Support Framework Category: Semantics
Author(s): Fran Lightsom (email@example.com) - USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center