USDA Forest Service -
Geospatial Advisory Committee
to create metadata requires management of your GIS data
and directory structures to make the process as quick and
easy as possible. This means...
Clean-up and Consolidate datasets
- Creating metadata takes less time for fewer datasets.
- Have a workspace for developing data outside the core directories.
- Ensure that geospatial datasets meet National, Regional
or other standards for ATTRIBUTES and
- Combine coverages that should have identical data structure
if they won't become enormous. Useful commands include: additem,
dropitem, and redefine, append, mapjoin, get, and put.
- Consider consolidating similar coverages into single coverages
with multiple region subclasses, for example an activity
coverage with different types of activities. Useful commands
include: polyregion, union, and regionarea.
- Place final/correct version of GEOSPATIAL
DATASETS in your core data directories.
- Inform users of any changes to filenames that would effect
their ARCVIEW projects.
Decide where to store metadata
- Will metadata reside in the coverage, in the same directory,
or in a website?
- Ensure that the link between the metadata
and the data is not broken.
- The metadata will probably have to at least be duplicated
to a website or clearinghouse for publication.