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USDA Forest Service -
AGRC - Automated Geographic Reference Center (Clearinghouse) - State of Utah, Division of Information Technolgy Services
FGDC Clearinghouse - Federal Geographic Data Committee clearinghouse
FSGEODATA - Forest Service FGDC Clearinghouse node
Setting up a clearinghouse - FGDC site for suggestions and tips on setting up a clearinghouse
SW Data - Southwest Data Center Clearinghouse
NBII Clearinghouse - National Biological Information Infrastructure clearinghouse
NBII instructions - NBII Instructions for establishing a clearinghouse
DOI discussion area - US Department of Interior discussion lists
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Metadata Primer - A how to guide for metadata.
FGDC Metadata Tutorials - A handy jumping off point for metadata tutorials and help from the FGDC
FGDC Metadata Workbook - The FGDC Metadata Workbook, Version 2.0 is in electronic form (Adobe PDF - bookmarked enabled). The workbook is free of charge and is easily down-loadable (size 130 pages, 1Mb). The workbook complies with the latest version of the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), FGDC-STD-001-1998 and contends both textual and color graphical information about the FGDC CSDGM including background information, how to read and use the Standard, a color graphical and textual representation of the content information of the Standard, a description of Profiles and User Defined Metadata Extensions, and some metadata examples. Please feel free to download the workbook and distribute it among your organization.
USGS - Metadata in plain language - A helpful site from the USGS which explains metadata in a similar manner as this site.
Geoplace/Schweitzer - Putting Metadata In Plain Language - Site for geospatial information and help throughout the world, includes section on metadata.
NSDI Publication - NSDI 2 page document: Answers ‘Why’ we need to do this and provides good ‘layman’ definitions of general metadata categories.
Published Metadata Example - An on-line example of FGDC metadata from Dane County displaying metadata for their contour layer.
Web-based FGDC Metadata Entry System - This interface is meant to supplement the storage and service of more complete FGDC metadata records collected for data documentation using other metadata tools. Collection of basic metadata using this service provides an introduction to FGDC metadata but may not provide adequate long-term documentation of spatial data sets.
BLM - US Bureau of Land Management with links to many metadata subjects
FGDC Framework - GIS applications of many different disciplines have a recurring need for a few themes of data. The framework is a collaborative community based effort in which these commonly needed data themes are developed, maintained, and integrated by public and private organizations within a geographic area. Local, regional, state and federal government organizations and private companies see the framework as a way to share resources, improve communications, and increase efficiency.
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata - The objectives of the standard are to provide a common set of terminology and definitions for the documentation of digital geospatial data. The standard establishes the names of data elements and compound elements (groups of data elements) to be used for these purposes, the definitions of these compound elements and data elements, and information about the values that are to be provided for the data elements.
FGDC Content Standard Workbook - see FGDC Metadata Workbook
Executive Order 12906 - April 13th, 1994 US executive order