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This space will provide 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:  9 August 2017 (Release 2.13)

Improvements, Modifications, and New Features:

  • Dashboard: User Dashboards have been extended to include the following new features: Completeness (the extent to which mandatory and mandatory-if-applicable fields have been populated for each of the 7 CSDGM sections; Status (showing whether records are 'In Progress' - incomplete or not yet validating - 'Valid' - already passing MP validation - or 'Migrated' (records whose status were unknown on 9 August 2017 when this feature was deployed); and Type (shows whether the record is in the core CSDGM, or the CSDGM Biological Data Profile.
  • Reserve your data release DOI directly from the OME: OME users can optionally choose to reserve/acquire the DOI for the pending data release during their OME session, rather than having to log in separately to the USGS DOI Tool to do so. The metadata's Title and Abstract are passed to the DOI Tool, the DOI is generated in the Tool, and the DOI is passed back to the OME and inserted in the data release's Online Linkage field in the proper hyperlinked format. Users will still need to login to the DOI Tool at a later time to complete other required metadata, and to publish the DOI following approval for release. If your DOI is reserved for you by your data manager, you can use the option to 'enter my DOI manually' and complete the Online Linkage field when you receive your assigned DOI from your data manager.

OME_March2017_Updates.pptx

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titleTechnical 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.

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titleKnown and Reported Issues

ISSUE: The ITIS Lookup on the Taxonomy tab is frequently hanging, without producing any resultsOME is rejecting the Planar Distance Unit of 'meter' in records imported from the Metadata Wizard.

REPORTED: 01 07/0806/2017

STATUS: We believe that Release 2.9 includes a fix for this problem. If you continue to have issues with the ITIS lookup, please use the OME Service Desk link to report the issue13 updated the anticipated common values for this field to accept case-insensitive, singular and plural values for meter(s) and foot/feet.

PRIORITY: normal


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ISSUE: For some users, Taxonomy tab fields are not displaying for BDP recordsscientific name lookups for a Genus with a large number of corresponding species, the picklists produced take a very long time to load in the UI (sometimes timing out), are difficult to scroll.

REPORTED: 10 6/26/2016; updated 10/31/201612/2017

STATUS: We believe this is mostly corrected with Version 2.7 release; however, individual users caches may continue to cause this issue, particularly if your cache has not been emptied in a long time. f you continue to see this problem, please try the workaround detailed below.

Extensive testing strongly indicates that this is a browser caching issue in Chrome. Workaround: Click and hold the browser refresh circular arrow (immediately to the left of the browser address bar); when the refresh menu appears, choose 'Empty Cache and Hard Reload.' This will empty the cache, and upon the page reload, the fields in the Taxonomy tab should now be visible. We are working on a code change that will prevent caching of OME to eliminate this problem.

PRIORITY: high Release 2.12 improves the speed of retrieval by returning only valid/accepted scientific names in ITIS. By not retrieving invalid/not accepted scientific names in the lookup, no look-up timeouts were observed in testing, and the resulting picklists are faster and easier to navigate. If you do not see an expected value in the returned list of valid scientific names returned in the ITIS lookup, try submitting the lookup by Common Name. If you still do not see your expected result, go to https://itis.gov and search on the scientific name to determine whether it is a) available in ITIS and b) possibly designated as invalid/not accepted. Remember that you can always enter any taxonomic classification manually (citing the authority) if you choose to do so.

PRIORITY: normal

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ISSUE: Distribution tab: Additional Distribution Service descriptions after the first one are not saving in the final metadata XML

REPORTED: 10/25/2016

STATUS: corrected with Version 2.9 release

PRIORITY: normal

NOTE: If you have more than one Distribution Service to describe in your metadata, and the bug preventing you from doing so is delaying your data and metadata review, please send an email to lisa_zolly@usgs.gov to request assistance. We can work with you to update your metadata manually with the additional Distribution Services descriptions, and return the amended XML to you for submission to your reviewer.

 

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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