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.
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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