Documentation and Metadata Workshop

Workshop Slides from the October 1, 2014 class.

Metadata Editing Tools (Structured XML)

Colectica for Excel
http://www.colectica.com/software/colecticaforexcel
It’s an excel (Windows only) add-on that creates DDI metadata

Nesstar Publisher
http://www.nesstar.com/software/publisher.html
(Creates DDI metadata – good for Social Science, possibly for other disciplines that use Excel and SPSS)

Morpho (does a lot more than create metadata)
http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/morphoportal.jsp
For biology & ecology creates EML metadata (Ecological Metadata)

Metavist
Archived version of Metavist (Zip file)
For FGDC metadata creation (maps and data that’s GIS-based), Windows Only

Data Documentation (Unstructured)

Data Dictionary
http://people.virginia.edu/~sah/bsel/DataDefinitions.pdf (Example)
Data Dictionary Template

ReadMe File 
http://libra.virginia.edu/dataset_readme_template 

Dryad Example (lab notebook)
http://wiki.datadryad.org/wg/dryad/images/3/3d/DryadLab_example_readme.pdf

USGS Metadata in Plain Language
http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/metadata/tools/doc/ctc/