Data describing data, in this case, spatial data. Includes the What, Who, Where, When, and Why of a dataset, plus access and use conditions. Metadata - Uuuuurggggghhh! Lots of Beer Many very similar All subtlety different All look the same from a distance How will I pick the right one?
Continuing the beer theme, we need to know…. Beer - Metadata Photographic Images copyright: Jupiter Images 2006 What are the ingredients? What are the brewing steps? With this information we could replicate the beer if we wanted to. Where can you buy them? When is the fermentation completed?
Steps to data immortality Discover Locate Access Use Publish Preserve Create Data / Metadata Metadata Library Re-use data: * Save time * Save money Allow others to discover data: * New collaboration * Increase profile Re-use Anyone / Anywhere