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This is a place to informally share the materials your science center uses to train new reviewers (of metadata and data as well) and to help data release authors learn to do a better job of writing metadata, consistently. 


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1) We have an internal webpage put together for the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) that details the workflow steps that our team takes to publish data releases. Included are links to downloadable metadata templates for various different data types. We chose to provide these templates in Word.docx format so that we can utilize Track Changes in the review process. The templates include explanations of the important (or confusing) fields, as well as examples that we want our PCMSC authors to follow. The link to the internal webpage is here. You will need to be logged into the USGS network to be able to view the page (please let me know if you're unable to access). Suggestions for improvement or clarification to either the workflow or the templates are gratefully accepted. -Susan Cochran <scochran@usgs.gov>

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  1. The Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP) manages, curates, develops MonitoringResources.org, a metadata database for documenting ecological monitoring efforts.  Our pnamp.org website describes many projects, and Monitoring Resources is just one – its project page on pnamp.org is here.  Toward the bottom of this page the list of Resources/Documents includes the cheat sheet Quick Reference Guide and the long version of the Reference Guide.   The details are a little out of date, as MonitoringResources.org is currently undergoing a major upgrade. Though most users receive funding from Bonneville Power Association (BPA), who initially funded part of the development of MonitoringResources.org, the tools can be used by any who perform environmental monitoring or research projects.  These documents reflect BPA requirements, and we have separate sets for those who don't participate in BPA projects.  All comments, suggestions, thoughts about workflow, content, help text, or reference guides are very welcome.  Sheryn Olson <sherynolson@usgs.gov>