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Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries - Metadata Program

Metadata Tools
The following tools assist metadata creation. Each makes use of the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC) Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata and may support the Biological Data Profile. This is not an endorsement of the tools named. CSAS does not guarantee the results from using these tools.

Metadata Creation Tools

  • CSAS Online Metadata Editor (OME)

    The OME is an online tool that creates metadata according to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata. With this tool you can login and start new records or upload and edit existing ones; see all records you have created or uploaded in the past; save records and return later to complete them; save completed records to your desktop; send your records to the USGS Core Science Metadata Clearinghouse for publication. FREE

  • EPA Metadata Editor (EME)

    The EME is a simple geospatial metadata editor that allows users to create and edit records that meet the EPA Geospatial Metadata Technical Specification and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) requirements. FREE

  • Extension for Metadata Management in ArcGIS

    The National Park Service Metadata Tools Extension expands on tools to assist in managing large sets of metadata. FREE

  • MERMAid

    NOAA's MERMAid (Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid) is a secure, online Web-based application that allows users to establish unlimited metadata databases to organize their metadata records any way they see fit (i.e., by project, data type, personnel, etc.). FREE

  • Metavist 2005

    The USDA Forest Service North Central Research Station Metavist 2005 is a computer program designed to create metadata compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) 1998 metadata standard or the Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS), formerly NBII, 1999 Biological Data Profile for the FGDC standard. The software runs under the Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP operating systems, and requires the presence of Microsoft's .Net Framework version 1.1. The metadata are output in XML format. FREE

  • TKME

    TKME is a USGS Windows platform tool that conforms to the FGDC Content Standard and can be configured for Biological Data Profile and other extensions. The software program is closely aligned with Metadata Parser (MP), and is multi-lingual - it can be configured for French and Spanish. FREE

  • XTME

    XTME is a USGS Windows platform tool used for creating and modifying formal metadata conforming to the Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata devised by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). FREE

Metadata Processing Software

  • Metadata Parser (mp)

    This is a USGS metadata quality control and output configuration tool. It acts as a compiler to parse formal metadata, checking the syntax against the FGDC Content Standard. It generates output suitable for viewing with a web browser or text editor and is multi-lingual (French and Spanish). It can be configured for the Biological Data Profile and other extensions. FREE

  • Metadata Pre-Parser (cns)

    A USGS pre-parser tool for formal metadata that converts records that cannot be parsed by MP into those that can. FREE

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