The Field Technical Support Center for GIS (FTSC) at the URI provides GIS services and support to National Park Service (NPS) parks and offices throughout the Northeast Region (NER). The goal of this partnership between the NPS and URI is to foster research and education using GIS to support and promote natural and cultural resource preservation, recreation, and local/regional planning in partnership with state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofit conservation and historic preservation organizations. The FTSC provides an arena for land management agencies and organizations to coordinate data collection and analysis on landscape scales and for researchers, students, land managers and planners to work together on issues related to this evolving technology and to learn from each other. Innovative applications, new data and procedure development methods, and technical forums provide researchers and students with opportunities to enhance their GIS skills using National Parks and other areas with complex land management issues as living laboratories.
Metadata is an important part of any dataset. Metadata provides the “who, what, where, when, and why ” of the dataset. This information is essential to users of your data, and it may be helpful to you a few months or years from now when you have forgotten how or why you created a particular dataset.
GIS data created by the National Park Service and its partners are required to be compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) as well as the NPS Metadata Profile.
In order to be compliant with the NPS Metadata Profile, you will need to download the NPS Metadata Tools & Editor (MTE). The MTE can also be used to create metadata that is compliant with the CSDGM. The MTE can function as stand-alone software, or you can add it as an extension to ESRI‘s ArcCatalog. See the Tools link at right for more information.
Writing metadata does not have to be painful! We hope these pages will help you develop strategies to make metadata an integral part of your GIS workflow.
Roland Duhaime, Research Associate
Charles LaBash, EDC Director;
Nigel Shaw, GIS Cooridinator, Northeast Region, U.S. NPS