International Multidisciplinary Metadata Workshop

International Multidisciplinary Metadata Workshop

Thursday, January 18, 2007 8:30 – 5:00 pm West Ridge Research Building Room 010 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks, Alaska

These days metadata are a requirement for sound science and for receiving federal and other funding. They are part of being a good citizen and represent a global set of “Best Professional Practices;” they are manifested already as binding ISO standards. However, the tools, software, expertise, infrastructure and awareness to achieve good metadata are often missing.

This free workshop promotes metadata creation across various disciplines (terrestrial, marine, arctic, boreal, tropical, ecology, sensors, remote sensing, GIS, biodiversity, statistical models) so that students, faculty, agency employees, contractors and other interested parties understand the required steps, the whys and the hows to assemble metadata according to FGDC, NBII and IPY standards. We will cover links with GBIF, OBIS, ITIS (Canada and U.S.), and the requirements brought by NSF and ISO. Metadata creation tools, such as Metavist, TKME, NPS tool, ArcGIS/Catalogue and SMMS and metadata formats, for example, XML and EML, will be covered.

The workshop will include presentations, hands-on sessions, shared experiences, and discussions with the participants and experts in the field. The goal of this workshop is to cover the standards and tools that will enable the audience to create their own high-quality metadata. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to the workshop so that they can learn to use the tools with familiar data.

The cost of the workshop is free, but please register by sending email to: Rebecca Koskela ( ). Questions about this workshop can be sent to Falk Huettmann ( ) or Rebecca Koskela.

Hosted by: Laboratory for Ecological Wildlife Habitat Data Analysis for the Land and Seascape (EWHALE) Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC) Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB)

International Multidisciplinary Metadata Workshop Thursday, January 18, 2007 West Ridge Research Building Room 010
8:30am-9:00am Registration,Coffee,Muffins & Fruit
Greg Newby, Arctic Region Supercomputing Center 9:00am-9:15am Welcome
Falk Huettmann, Institute of Arctic Biology 9:15am-10:15am Metadata Overview [28MB]
Rebecca Koskela, Arctic Region Supercomputing Center 10:15am-10:45am Metadata: A Means to Manage Ecological Data [6MB]
10:45-11:00am Break - Coffee/Tea/Water
Rob Cermak, Alaska Ocean Observing System 11:00am-11:30am An Example of Metadata Utilization [9MB]
11:30-1:00am Lunch is provided
Tom Heinrichs, Geographic Information Network of Alaska 1:00pm-1:30pm Metadata Server Options: Getting Your Data Found [6MB]
Allison Gaylord, Nuna Technologies 1:30pm-2:00pm Adventures in Metadata: Addressing the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FDGC) Standard [4MB]
Allison Gaylord, Nuna Technologies 2:00pm-2:30pm ArcCatalog Demo
2:30pm-2:45pm Break - Snacks and Refreshments
Falk Huettmann, Institute of Arctic Biology 2:45pm-4:30pm More Tool Demos (MP,Metavist, etc) & Hand's on Time [28KB]
4:30pm-5:00pm Discussion & Wrap-up

Arctic Region Supercomputing Center PO Box 756020, Fairbanks, AK 99775 | voice: 907-450-8600 | email:

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