Metadata Assistance

When you have questions about what to enter for specific sections of your metadata, it may be helpful to refer to examples of completed documents.

The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) hosts an online Spatial Metadata Samples Library. The documents in the Library are several years old, but they will give you an idea of the types of information expected in the various metadata sections.

The NPS Geographic Resources Program of the Intermountain Region hosts a Tips & Templates page which provides a number of documents on metadata pre-planning, quality control, and using templates, among other topics. These documents include a Metadata Questionnaire that you could use to keep track of important information as you create and edit data. There are also a number of sample templates designed for use with a variety of data types. If you choose to use these templates, please read through them thoroughly to make sure you have changed all relevant information to accurately represent your park and your data.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has also provided sample metadata with hints for what to enter in many of the fields. Click here to access these sample metadata.

NOAA's Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) has a list of metadata examples as well. The format of some of the elements is specific to CoRIS, especially their keywords section. But these are very thorough metadata that may be helpful to you.

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