USDA Forest Service

Forest Service Metadata Users Guide

FS Metadata
User Guide
Policy & Guidelines
Purpose and Scope
How to use this Guide
Step 1
Gathering Metadata
Step 2
Step 3
Creating FGDC Metadata
Step 4
Step 6
Maintaining Metadata
Feature Level Metadata
Contact Information
Glossary & Terms
Other Resources

USDA Forest Service -
Geospatial Advisory Committee
Last Modified:  3/31/05

Forest Service Metadata Users Guide

The steps to get from the REAL WORLD to a GIS product are detailed and many. With each step, information must be gathered in the form of METADATA or information about data. Metadata describes the overall history of our data, including content, quality, condition, and other characteristics. Why do we need to gather Metadata? What form will it reside in? How do we accomplish this? Click here.

This page is designed to provide information about Forest Service policy regarding metadata. Links to other helpful sites for taking the mystery out of metadata are provided below. (how do we use this guide section)


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