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GCE Metadata Reference

GCE Non-geospatial Metadata Content Standard

The design and organization of the GCE metadata standard for non-geospatial data sets is based on guidelines in the following publications:

Gross, Katherine L. and Catherine E. Pake.  1995.  Final report of the Ecological Society of America Committee on the Future of Long-term Ecological Data (FLED).  Volume I: Text of the Report.  The Ecological Society of America, Washington, D.C.

Michener, William K.  2000.  Metadata.  Pages 92-116 in: Ecological Data - Design, Management and Processing.  Michener, William K. and James W. Brunt, eds.  Blackwell Science Ltd., Oxford, England.

Details of the content standard are listed below.  For readability, the standard is presented in the numbered outline style used by Michener, 2000.  Metadata fields are actually generated from the database as a series of 'CategoryName_FieldName' labels and field values (i.e. as name-value pairs), which are parsed to display metadata in a wide variety of formats using custom software and style templates.

Note:  Metadata for all GCE-LTER data sets is also available in Ecological Metadata Language (EML) XML format to support LTER, KNB, SEEK and NBII catalogs.

I. Data Set Descriptors

II. Research Origin Descriptors

A. Overall Project Description

B. 1. Site Description

B. 2. Experimental or Sampling Design

B. 3. Research Methods

B. 4. Personnel

III. Data Set Status and Accessibility

A. Status

B. Accessibility

IV. Data Structural Descriptors

A. Data Set File (tabular & non-tabular data sets)

B. Variable Information (tabular data sets)

C. Data Set Anomalies (tabular & non-tabular data sets)

V. Supplemental Descriptors

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.