The Long-Term Ecological Research community metadata standardisation project: a progress report
by Inigo San Gil, Karen Baker, John Campbell, Ellen G. Denny, Kristin Vanderbilt, Brian Riordan, Rebecca Koskela, Jason Downing, Sabine Grabner, Eda Melendez, Jonathan M. Walsh, Mason Kortz, James Conners, Lynn Yarmey, Nicole Kaplan, Emery R. Boose, Linda Powell, Corinna Gries, Robin Schroeder, Todd Ackerman, Ken Ramsey, Barbara Benson, Jonathan Chipman, James Laundre, Hap Garritt, Don Henshaw, Barrie Collins, Christopher Gardner, Sven Bohm, Margaret O'Brien, Jincheng Gao, Wade Sheldon, Stephanie Lyon, Dan Bahauddin, Mark Servilla, Duane Costa, James Brunt
International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (IJMSO), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2009

Abstract: We describe the process by which the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network standardised their metadata through the adoption of the Ecological Metadata Language (EML). We describe the strategies developed to improve motivation and to complement the information technology resources available at the LTER sites. EML implementation is presented as a mapping process that was accomplished per site in stages, with metadata quality ranging from 'discovery level' to rich-content level over time. As of publication, over 6000 rich-content standardised records have been published using EML, potentially enabling the goal of machine-mediated, metadata-driven data synthesis.

Online publication date: Mon, 10-Aug-2009

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