Recent Metadata News

ISO Metadata Editor Review

Excerpt of the FGDC ReviewLooking for a tool to edit ISO19115 Metadata?  FGDC has published the results of a comprehensive review of these types of tools. The review was limited to ISO 19115 based metadata editors and does not include applications limited to:

- metadata standards other than ISO 19115, or
- metadata validation, distribution or other non-editor metadata operations.

UDUNITS-2 Released

Unidata recently released the second generation UDUNITS package.  The UDUNITS-2 package provides support for units of physical quantities (e.g. meters, seconds). Its three main components are:

ESIP Federation Elects MMI as One of Four New Members

ESIP LogoThe Marine Metadata Interoperability Initiative is now a full member of the Federation for Earth Science Information Partners. 

From the Press Release

Enabling Interoperability — Term by Term

2005 Workshop Photo
As marine science research collaborations increase, and the marine metadata community grows, more metadata managers are developing controlled vocabularies and using them in well-designed systems. However, when a colleague down the hall, up the road, in another state or another country describes similar data, they use a completely different set of terminology. So, how do two systems that use completely different terminology interoperate?

Once lower-level technical barriers like networking and transport protocols are overcome, the key to interoperability is semantic interoperability. And a major contributor to semantic interoperability will be vocabulary mappings. By developing vocabulary mappings—sets of rules that bridge between vocabularies—systems have the resources to interoperate based on a shared terminology.

Welcome to the new MMI site

It's great to have our new site on-line! We hope you find it really useful. If you need help navigating the new site, please have a look at our new help section and FAQ.

We have finished working out most of the bugs on the new site, and we thank you for your patience during the process.

Announcing: MMI Ontology Registry prototype

New Ontology Registry under Development

MMI and SURA (Southeastern Universities Research Association) announce the development of a prototype Ontology Registry and Repository for Marine and Environmental Science ontologies.

The registry, which will store ontologies, ontology mappings, and metadata associated with those artifacts, is intended to be available for general scientific use by the end of 2008.

Webcast: An update on the Scientific Data Type Layer of Unidata's Common Data Model

Abstract

This talk will give an update on the CDM's abstractions for Scientific Data Types (now called "feature types", to emphasize similarities to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) feature and coverage abstract models). Special attention will be given to the one-dimensional point feature types.

Citations - They're Not Just for Publications Anymore

By definition, metadata exists to describe data or information. Descriptive metadata enables appropriate use, and facilitates re-use of data. Once data has been discovered and used, it should be cited. Publications frequently reference data sets, but the question remains - how should authors cite data?

As part of its Data Policy, the International Polar Year (IPY) indicates

July 4th—Independence Day

Target Date: July

It's official.

The MMI project is no longer dependent on our original content management system, and is spreading its wings—and its capabilities—with a new underlying system, a new look and feel, and plenty of new information!

So, what's new on the site? Lots!

OOSTethys: Semantic Interoperability on Display

OOSTethys Map - Sample

Zoom in on a region. Click on a platform. Isolate datatypes. Find data from one organization.

OGC President Recognizes the Work of MMI

MMI Laptop
Given the magnitude and complexity of the issues, ocean research programs have much to gain by improving their ability to share ocean data, which almost always has spatial context. Not surprisingly, the oceans research community is aggressively implementing and using OGC standards to improve organizational, regional and global capabilities to access, process, integrate and apply ocean information, including real time sensor data.

IIS is Looking for Panelists and Reviewers

The Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) research community is very fortunate this year, as the US National Science Foundation and the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate have several IIS-relevant funding opportunities (calls for proposals). This also means that we need to find many panelists and reviewers that would be able and willing to review these proposals.

MMI Metadata Tutorials Online

Four MMI Metadata tutorial modules (presented originally at Ocean Sciences '08) are available at the MMI site at http://marinemetadata.org/oceansciences08. The tutorial modules are: Introduction to Metadata, Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies, Submitting to a Metadata Clearinghouse, and Metadata Best Practices. For more information, see also the news item for the tutorials at Ocean Sciences '08.

MMI Metadata Tutorial at Ocean Sciences '08

Event Description

MMI held free metadata tutorials divided into 30-minute modules at the Ocean Sciences 2008 meeting. The modules were: Introduction to Metadata; Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies, Taxonomies and Ontologies; Submitting Metadata to a Clearinghouse; and Metadata Best Practices. Two modules were held during each lunch break on Tuesday, 3/4 and Wednesday 3/5 in room W105. All four modules will be provided on Thursday 3/6 evening (7:30 - 9:30 pm) in room W102.

MMI Metadata Tutorial at Ocean Sciences '08

Event Description

MMI will hold FREE metadata tutorials that are divided into 30-minute modules at the Ocean Sciences 2008 meeting. The modules will be: Introduction to Metadata; Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies, Taxonomies and Ontologies; Submitting Metadata to a Clearinghouse; and Metadata Best Practices.

SOS Schemas v1.0 Now Public

Update: The public OGC site now has the SOS schemas, as well as all the other schemas.

Creating a Standards-Based Interoperable Framework for Ocean Data (the video!)

The newly developed video demonstration of the OOSTethys architecture premiered at the 2007 Fall Meeting of the AGU. It will be folded in to other eGY demonstrations throughout 2008.

Download the video (21MB)!

MMI Metadata Tutorial at Ocean Sciences '08

Metadata Best Practices - Front page from presentation

MMI will hold FREE metadata tutorials that are divided into 30-minute modules at the Ocean Sciences 2008 meeting. The modules will be: Introduction to Metadata; Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies, Taxonomies and Ontologies; Submitting Metadata to a Clearinghouse; and Metadata Best Practices. Two modules will be held during each lunch break (12:15 - 1:15 pm -- you will have time to grab your lunch between 12 - 12:15 pm and eat it in the classroom) on Tuesday, 3/4 and Wednesday 3/5 in room W105. All four modules will be provided on Thursday 3/6 evening (7:30 - 9:30 pm) in room W102.

MMI Seeking Software Engineer

The Marine Metadata Interoperability Project is looking for candidates to fill its technical systems developer position.

Watch for MMI at AGU!

Watch for MMI at AGU!

Watch for MMI, and our collaborative partners at the December, 2007 AGU meeting in San Francisco. In addition to the MMI sponsored activities listed below, many of our collaborators will be presenting information about innovative projects in marine metadata. Watch for the MMI Logo (<MMI />), or the MMI sticker (see image at right) throughout the conference!

NERC DataGrid Vocabulary Server, Version 1.1 Released

NERC DataGrid Vocabulary Server, Version 1.1 Released

A key factor in interoperability is the function of multiple systems to interpret metadata values, in the context of distributed sets of terminology. A vocabulary is a managed list of acceptable values, which can be used by a human or computer system to interpret (and translate, if necessary) terminology. The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) maintains a NERC DataGrid provides access to vocabularies in a variety of disciplines of relevance to the marine metadata community.

Open Ontology Repository Initiative Discussion

Peter Yim (peter.yim-at-cim3.com) writes:

You are cordially invited to join us at a conference call to explore and possibly to plan on kicking-off an "Open Ontology Repository" initiative, if you do find the initiative to be pertinent to your current work.

Job Opportunities Added

More positions have been posted in the MMI Job Opportunities folder. Put your metadata expertise to work leading these important activities!


Positions related to marine data management are promoted on the MMI site in its Job Opportunities folder. New positions will be highlighted on the site when we are notified of them.

MMI's Bermudez Joining SURA

Luis Bermudez
With mixed sadness (for MMI) and delight (for Luis), the Marine Metadata Interoperability Project reports that Technical Lead Luis Bermudez will be taking a new position with Southeastern Universities Research Association, beginning 1 January 2008. This project will be a great opportunity for Luis and his family, and we are also thrilled that his new position will allow Luis to continue his involvement in some of the most exciting MMI projects.

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