The Delaware Geospatial Metadata Standard


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The Delaware Geospatial Metadata Standard

  1. 1. M I K E M A H A F F I E 3 0 2 - 6 7 2 - 5 1 3 7 M I K E . M A H A F F I E @ S T A T E . D E . U S S T A T E P L A N N I N G . D E L A W A R E . G O V / D G D C The Delaware Metadata Standard
  2. 2. Go Back to the Very Beginning of GIS
  3. 3.  What did you need then?  Data  What do you need now?  Data
  4. 4. But…  You need to know what you are looking at…  …who created it…  ...when…  … how…  …why?  You need…
  5. 5. Metadata  Data about data  The details behind the fancy maps and analysis  “What does “1” mean in the field “IS_OPEN”?  And it is required in state law
  6. 6. 29 Delaware Code, Ch. 91 § 9144. Publication of geospatial data and information in Delaware. All geospatial data and information created by or for any state, county or local agency, or by or for any other organizations receiving state funds in whole or in part for the development of such data, shall be subject to the following conditions: (1) All geospatial data and information shall be considered to be in the public domain… (2) Metadata for all geospatial data and information shall be published on … any clearinghouse system that may be approved the by the Executive Council of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee … a. All metadata shall meet at least the minimum metadata specifications approved by the Executive Council of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee. b. Metadata shall be published for data projects at all stages of development including planning for data acquisition, data collection and creation, publication as draft and final publication. c. Restrictions placed on geospatial data and information pursuant to paragraph (1) of this section shall not apply to metadata for those data sets. (3) Agencies or entities responsible for the creation of any geospatial data and information in or representing Delaware shall make all efforts to provide full and practical access to such geospatial data and information.
  7. 7. The Metadata Standard  Developed by the DGDC standards subcommittee  A necessary subset of the full-on, mega-scary, federally official FGDC metadata  The full monty is fine, if you are responsible enough to go for it.  But there are a set of data fields that we really need…
  8. 8. Required -- ID  Title (what)  Abstract and purpose (why)  Access and use constraints  Contact information and agency (who)  Publication date and time period (when)  Progress/updates  Bounding coordinates (where)  Theme and place keywords (for search-ability)  Security classification
  9. 9. Theme -- ISO 19115 Topics • farming • biota • boundaries • climatologyMeteorology • atmosphere • economy • elevation • environment • geoscientificInformation • health • imageryBaseMapsEarthCo ver • intelligenceMilitary • inlandWaters • location • oceans • planningCadastre • society • structure • transportation • utilitiesCommunication
  10. 10. Places – Delaware Place Thesaurus  A list of populated places and locales  Based on GNIS  You can’t go too far wrong with  Delaware  Kent County  New Castle County  Sussex County  But feel free to use  Little Bacon Island  Scrap Tavern Crossroads
  11. 11. Required – Other Info  Spatial reference (projection)  Distribution type and contact  “Downloadable data”  Metadata information (Data about data about data)  Who created the metadata  When
  12. 12. Optional (but Important) Items  Security classification system  Data quality and process steps  Vertical coordinate system  Attribute Domain Values  What does this mean?
  13. 13. Metadata is Required  The new Data Exchange being developed at DTI will require valid metadata for data uploads  Validated against our own standard
  14. 14. Do This, and…  …no one gets hurt  …we can all get back to work
  15. 15. M I K E M A H A F F I E 3 0 2 - 6 7 2 - 5 1 3 7 M I K E . M A H A F F I E @ S T A T E . D E . U S S T A T E P L A N N I N G . D E L A W A R E . G O V / D G D C G r a p h i c s g l e e f u l l y s t o l e n f r o m a 1 9 8 2 A r c I N F O b r o c h u r e p o s t e d o n “ G I S a n d S c i e n c e ” ( b i t . l y / 8 2 _ a r c i n f o ) The Delaware Metadata Standard