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IPDS will need to have records indicating that the metadata and data were reviewed, with comments from the reviewers and responses from the data release originators.  What form could those records take?  We think there may be many ways to carry this out, and it will be helpful for others to see how you are doing this.

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  1. One possibility is to use mp to create a plain-text copy of the metadata, open that document in Google Docs, record your review remarks as comments, then share the document with the data set originators.  Their responses to those comments can be included as well, and the resulting document can be saved as .DOCX or .PDF and passed to IPDS to meet its need for documentation.

  2. NAWQA GISers have been using word documents (DOCX) to make comments and author reconciliations and then upload them to IPDS. This is achieved by using a stylesheet (MetadataWizardStylesheet.xsl) to display the metadata report in XMLNotepad then copy and paste into word (or print to .PDF). Google Docs may be an easier way to collaborate.


  3. Alaska Science Center also uses word docs. One route from xml to word is to save the html file generated by mp and then open it in word and save as docx. As long as reviewers remember to turn on track changes or do all suggested edits via comments, it works fine.