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Proper Care and Feeding of 
Metadata 
Ryan E. Bowe, GISP 
Photo Science, Inc. – A Quantum Spatial Company 
ASPRS YP Counci...
Me, in XML
Agenda
What is Metadata?
I have some seeds to sell you…
CHAOS
Card Catalog
Back of a Photograph
iTunes (music collection)
NSA
History of geometadata
This Page Intentionally Left 
Blank
CSDGM
ISO
You’re not in 9.3.x anymore
10.1 Item Description
10.1 Options
10.1 FGDC
10.1 Look for Cursor
10.1 ISO Description
10.1 Abstract
10.1 Abstract ISO Description
10.1 Tools
Tools
Other Tools
Text V. XML
HTML…is readable…but…not 
so parseable.
Anatomy of XML 101
USGS MP
MP Online
Command Line MP 1
Command Line MP 2
XML Input
Training
Hit the Books!
Graphical CSDGM
Section 10: Contact Information
Detailed Contact Person
Person v. Organization
Section 9: Time Info
mdatetim
rngdates
Section 8: Citation Info
citeinfo
Abbreviated citeinfo
Graphical CSDGM Main
Section 7: Metadata Info
metainfo
Abbreviated metainfo
Section 6: Distribution (skip for 
now)
Section 5: Entity & Attribute 
Information
Entity and Attribute Overview & 
Details
Attribute section
eainfo – udom & codesetd
eainfo – rdom & edom
Section 4: Spatial Reference
spref – geograph & local
spref – planci
spref – utm
spref – spcs
spref – albers
spref – geodetic
spref – vertdef
Section 3: Spatial Data 
Organization Information
spdoinfo – rastinfo
spdoinfo – sdtsterm
spdoinfo – vpfterm
Section 2: Data Quality
Data Quality Sections
dataqual – attracc
dataqual – logic & complete
dataqual – posacc – horiz
dataqual – posacc – vertacc
dataqual – lineage – srcinfo
dataqual – lineage – procstep
dataqual – cloud
Section 6: Distribution
Minimum distinfo
distrib – stdorder
distrib – digform – digtinfo
Distribution Format Name
distrib – digtopt – offoptn
distrib – digtopt – onlinopt
Section 1: Identification Info
Identification Info Sections
idinfo 1
idinfo – spdom
idinfo – keywords
idinfo – keywords - examples
idinfo – accconst, useconst, 
ptcontac
idinfo – browse, datacred, 
secinfo, native, crossref
LiDAR Base Spec
ISO
National Costal Data 
Development Center (NCDDC)
Crosswalk
Anatomy of XML 201
The ISO Diagram
What does ISO 19115 look like? 
(MD)
What does ISO 19115 look like? 
(MI)
That’s the tip of the iceberg!
The Good, Bad & Ugly of 
Metadata
Russian Nesting Dolls
Nested Example
Meeting the minimum
64 lines…that say nothing…
Good…is…
Revisit your metadata…
What worked last year…
Contact
Proper Care and Feeding of 
Metadata by Ryan E. Bowe, GISP
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Georgia Geospatial Workshop: Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata

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Georgia Geospatial Workshop: Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata

  1. 1. Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata Ryan E. Bowe, GISP Photo Science, Inc. – A Quantum Spatial Company ASPRS YP Council Mentoring Coordinator Vanguard Cabinet Steering Committee Member Cumberland URISA President-Elect
  2. 2. Me, in XML
  3. 3. Agenda
  4. 4. What is Metadata?
  5. 5. I have some seeds to sell you…
  6. 6. CHAOS
  7. 7. Card Catalog
  8. 8. Back of a Photograph
  9. 9. iTunes (music collection)
  10. 10. NSA
  11. 11. History of geometadata
  12. 12. This Page Intentionally Left Blank
  13. 13. CSDGM
  14. 14. ISO
  15. 15. You’re not in 9.3.x anymore
  16. 16. 10.1 Item Description
  17. 17. 10.1 Options
  18. 18. 10.1 FGDC
  19. 19. 10.1 Look for Cursor
  20. 20. 10.1 ISO Description
  21. 21. 10.1 Abstract
  22. 22. 10.1 Abstract ISO Description
  23. 23. 10.1 Tools
  24. 24. Tools
  25. 25. Other Tools
  26. 26. Text V. XML
  27. 27. HTML…is readable…but…not so parseable.
  28. 28. Anatomy of XML 101
  29. 29. USGS MP
  30. 30. MP Online
  31. 31. Command Line MP 1
  32. 32. Command Line MP 2
  33. 33. XML Input
  34. 34. Training
  35. 35. Hit the Books!
  36. 36. Graphical CSDGM
  37. 37. Section 10: Contact Information
  38. 38. Detailed Contact Person
  39. 39. Person v. Organization
  40. 40. Section 9: Time Info
  41. 41. mdatetim
  42. 42. rngdates
  43. 43. Section 8: Citation Info
  44. 44. citeinfo
  45. 45. Abbreviated citeinfo
  46. 46. Graphical CSDGM Main
  47. 47. Section 7: Metadata Info
  48. 48. metainfo
  49. 49. Abbreviated metainfo
  50. 50. Section 6: Distribution (skip for now)
  51. 51. Section 5: Entity & Attribute Information
  52. 52. Entity and Attribute Overview & Details
  53. 53. Attribute section
  54. 54. eainfo – udom & codesetd
  55. 55. eainfo – rdom & edom
  56. 56. Section 4: Spatial Reference
  57. 57. spref – geograph & local
  58. 58. spref – planci
  59. 59. spref – utm
  60. 60. spref – spcs
  61. 61. spref – albers
  62. 62. spref – geodetic
  63. 63. spref – vertdef
  64. 64. Section 3: Spatial Data Organization Information
  65. 65. spdoinfo – rastinfo
  66. 66. spdoinfo – sdtsterm
  67. 67. spdoinfo – vpfterm
  68. 68. Section 2: Data Quality
  69. 69. Data Quality Sections
  70. 70. dataqual – attracc
  71. 71. dataqual – logic & complete
  72. 72. dataqual – posacc – horiz
  73. 73. dataqual – posacc – vertacc
  74. 74. dataqual – lineage – srcinfo
  75. 75. dataqual – lineage – procstep
  76. 76. dataqual – cloud
  77. 77. Section 6: Distribution
  78. 78. Minimum distinfo
  79. 79. distrib – stdorder
  80. 80. distrib – digform – digtinfo
  81. 81. Distribution Format Name
  82. 82. distrib – digtopt – offoptn
  83. 83. distrib – digtopt – onlinopt
  84. 84. Section 1: Identification Info
  85. 85. Identification Info Sections
  86. 86. idinfo 1
  87. 87. idinfo – spdom
  88. 88. idinfo – keywords
  89. 89. idinfo – keywords - examples
  90. 90. idinfo – accconst, useconst, ptcontac
  91. 91. idinfo – browse, datacred, secinfo, native, crossref
  92. 92. LiDAR Base Spec
  93. 93. ISO
  94. 94. National Costal Data Development Center (NCDDC)
  95. 95. Crosswalk
  96. 96. Anatomy of XML 201
  97. 97. The ISO Diagram
  98. 98. What does ISO 19115 look like? (MD)
  99. 99. What does ISO 19115 look like? (MI)
  100. 100. That’s the tip of the iceberg!
  101. 101. The Good, Bad & Ugly of Metadata
  102. 102. Russian Nesting Dolls
  103. 103. Nested Example
  104. 104. Meeting the minimum
  105. 105. 64 lines…that say nothing…
  106. 106. Good…is…
  107. 107. Revisit your metadata…
  108. 108. What worked last year…
  109. 109. Contact
  110. 110. Proper Care and Feeding of Metadata by Ryan E. Bowe, GISP

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