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Metadata Evaluation and Improvement

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For many years metadata development activities have focused on developing and sharing metadata for discovering data. This is important. Once data are discovered, metadata supporting use and understanding become important. Efforts to encourage scientists and data providers to create those metadata have had limited success. This talk describes some approaches and tools for supporting the organizational change efforts required to integrate use and understanding metadata into organizational cultures. These approaches are described in terms of the ideas presented in Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.

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Metadata Evaluation and Improvement

  1. 1. Metadata Evaluation and Improvement Ted Habermann Director of Earth Science The HDF Group thabermann@hdfgroup.org What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem. To change someone’s behavior, you’ve got to change that person’s situation. January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 1
  2. 2. Change Efforts Have Two Targets Direct the Rider Motivate the Elephant January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 2
  3. 3. Point to the Destination Complete Documentation Can Be Overwhelming
  4. 4. Point to the Destination DocumentationRewards Card Discovery January 8-10, 2014 Use ESIP Winter 2014 Understanding 4
  5. 5. Find the Feeling DocumentationRewards Card Discovery Use Understanding Your data are important for science. Complete documentation makes them trustworthy. January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 5
  6. 6. Shrink the Change DocumentationRewards Card X Discovery Use Understanding Your data are important for science. Complete documentation makes them trustworthy. January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 6
  7. 7. Shrink the Change DocumentationRewards Card Identification Connection Extent Content X X X XX X XX X X XXX X Lineage Acquisition Your data are important for science. Complete documentation makes them trustworthy. January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 7
  8. 8. Shrink the Change
  9. 9. Script the Critical Moves Discovery Identification Id Title Abstract Resource Date Topic Category Theme Keyword Metadata Contact Science Contact Extent Geospatial Bounding Box Temporal Start/End Vertical Min/Max Place Keywords Connection OnlineResource: Linkage (URL) Name Description Function Understanding Text Searches Purpose Extent Description Lineage Statement Project Keywords Distribution Distributor Contact Online Resource Distribution Format Data Center Keywords Browse Graphic Content Information Attribute Type Attribute Names Attribute Definitions Attribute Units Acquisition Information Instrument Platform Instrument Keywords Platform Keywords Quality/Lineage Sources Process Steps Quality Reports / Coverages
  10. 10. Grow Your People Wiki Wiki January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 10
  11. 11. Identify Bright Spots 52 Records 2 Groups 14 Bright Spots Global Average 2400+ Records 38 Opportunities for Improvement ID – Identification EX – Extent CN – Connection DI- Distribution January 8-10, 2014 CO – Content DE – Description LI – Lineage AC - Acquisition ESIP Winter 2014 11
  12. 12. Grow Your People - Community January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 12
  13. 13. Change Efforts Have Two Targets Know Destination Script Critical Moves Find Bright Spots Grow Your People Find the Feeling Shrink the Change January 8-10, 2014 ESIP Winter 2014 13
  14. 14. Questions? tedhabermann@hdfgroup.org 14
  15. 15. Acknowledgements This work was partially supported by contract number NNG10HP02C from NASA. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or The HDF Group. July 24, 2013 BESSIG 15

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