Recent Metadata News

Scientific Data Publication is Enabled by Interoperability at the WDCs

Scientific Data Publication is Enabled by Interoperability at the WDCs

World Data Center (WDC) System


Almost 50 years ago, the first World Data Centers (WDC) have been founded through the International Council for Scientific Unions (ICSU) in order to archive and distribute data collected from the observational programs of the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year. Originally established in the United States, Europe, Russia, and Japan, the WDC system has since expanded to 51 centers in 12 countries. Its holdings are trans-disciplinary. They include a wide range of solar, geophysical, environmental, and human dimensions data covering timescales ranging from seconds to millennia and providing baseline information for research in many ICSU disciplines, especially for monitoring changes in the geosphere and biosphere—gradual or sudden, foreseen or unexpected, natural or man-made.

International Data Interoperability - The World Stress Map

International Data Interoperability - The World Stress Map


The World Stress Map (WSM) merges data which otherwise would be fragmented in separate, often inaccessible archives. It provides the long-term preservation of tectonic stress data from physical loss of data carriers or organizational problems of data storage.

Report on Atlas Interoperability Released

Report on Atlas Interoperability Released

The first workshop in the series (Potentials and Limitations of Coastal Web Atlases), hosted by the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) at University College Cork, Ireland, examined state-of-the-art developments in coastal web atlases (CWAs) from the Europe and the U.S., shared several case studies and lessons learned, and established key issues and recommendations related to the design, data requirements, technology and institutional capacity needed for these atlases.

The second workshop (Coastal Atlas Interoperability), hosted by Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, focused on the specific challenge of access and exchange of coastal data, maps, and information via a common point, without the need to search aimlessly within separate atlases. In other words, how best to get these many atlases to truly interoperate ?

IPY Manages Complex Interoperability on a Global Scale

IPY Manages Complex Interoperability on a Global Scale

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From March, 2007 through March, 2009, researchers, data centers, archives and networks from across the globe are contributing data to the International Polar Year project. Interoperability is the key to harnessing these valuable resources in pursuit of a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. The recently released IPYDIS website ( is a mechanism for researchers, data managers, and IT professionals who are contributing to and benefiting from this global collaboration.

Ocean.US DMAC Standards Process

Ocean.US DMAC Standards Process

The Integrated Ocean Observing System has a new standards approval process for use by the community. Under this process, members of the community will submit data management standards for consideration by IOOS, and their submissions will be managed using a distributed web system integrating inputs from the IOOS Data Management and Communications team members all over the country. The system provides an ongoing site and process supporting evaluation and agreement on the standards to be used in IOOS.

The recently released DMAC Standards website is a new community tool, designed for distributed submission, review and recommendation of standards for the Integrated Ocean Observing System. The simple user interface facilitates involvement by the wider community, and enables status tracking, documentation submission, and enhanced electronic discussions. Future capabilities will be planned, as the community explores this new tool. Registration is open to the public, or you can log in as "Guest", to investigate the interface (note: this login provides limited functionality).

MMI Endorses the eGY Declaration

MMI Endorses the eGY Declaration

eGY Declaration

"Knowledge is the common wealth of humanity"

Adama Samassekou
Convener of the UN World Summit on the Information Society

Great Device Ontology Kickoff

MMI hosted a successful kickoff telecon to begin developing device ontologies (ontologies are the hierarchical vocabularies that will be needed for Open Geospatial Consortium standards).

UNOLS Research Vessel Metadata Survey

Primarily for the UNOLS community, Shawn Smith is trying to determine existing and ideal metadata practices for research vessels. He would appreciate responses for any of the oceanographic research vessels.

The subject of his presentation at the RVTEC meeting in November will be "automation of metadata tracking and dissemination from vessels to data users." How do we get this information to users in a reliable way? Can the process be automated in some fashion?

NOAA Job Opportunities Added

NOAA has announced 3 new metadata-related openings. Please visit the Job Opportunities folder, or the links below, for additional details.

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.

The UNOLS Council metadata subcommittee best practices

This note was emailed by Mike Prince, Executive Secretary, University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), on Tuesday, May 2nd 2007. The UNOLS Council is soliciting volunteers from the community who would be interested in serving on a subcommittee to report to the UNOLS Council on current community- wide best practices for capture of data and metadata at sea. UNOLS Subcommittee to Report on Best Practices for the Collection of Data and Metadata at Sea to Promote Public Dissemination.

Community Device Ontology Team Startup

Community Device Ontology Team Startup

The Monterey Accelerated Research System illustrates the need for semantic interoperability in sensor systems.

CF Point Observations Working Group

The netCDF Climate and Forcast (CF) conventions do not fully address the needs of users collecting point observation data. A group of people has formed to generate a proposal for a point observations data convention, to present to the CF committee.

NASA Standards Process Group Mtg Held

NASA's Earth Sciences Data Systems Standards Process Group regularly reviews standards and techical developments of interest to the earth science data management community. They work with many of the same standards as the marine metadata community, and must follow many of the same technical developments.

OOSTethys featured as OGC's Website of the Month

OOSTethys featured as OGC's Website of the Month

OOSTethys participants initiated an OGC Interoperability Experiment in December 2006 to engage data managers and scientists in the Ocean-Observing community to advance their understanding and application of various OGC specifications, solidify demonstrations for Ocean Science application areas, harden software implementations, and produce candidate OGC Best Practices documents that can be used to inform the broader ocean-observing community.

The OOSTethys website describes developments in ocean-observing systems, with a focus on progress toward a system-of-ocean-observing-systems. OOSTethys provides a community-developed set of software tools that implement OGC specifications. It also offers guidance documents ("cookbooks") to help data providers get started using standards-based data-exchange capabilities.

Building Community and Governance at Fall AGU

Building Community and Governance at Fall AGU

AGU FAll Meeting 2007

Special session focusing on Building Community and Governance within Earth and Space Science Content Models (IN12)

Description from AGU Conference Website:
This topical session is designed to provide a forum for any investigator working on data models and structures, schemas, and ontologies across all earth and space science domains to try better coordinate and rationalize these efforts.

Standards-Based Interoperability at Fall AGU

Standards-Based Interoperability at Fall AGU
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Standards-Based Interoperability Among Tools and Data Services in the Earth Sciences

SensorML and TML Accepted as OGC Specs

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OpenGIS® Specifications are technical documents that detail interfaces or encodings. Software developers use these documents to build support for the interfaces or encodings into their products and services. Specifications such as these are the main "products" of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and have been developed by the membership to address specific interoperability challenges. Ideally, when specifications are implemented by two different software engineers working independently, the resulting components plug and play, that is they work together without further debugging.

Workshop on Interoperability in eScience Seeks Submissions

Community members are invited to participate in this first Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure: Information Management in eScience. Topics will be focused on Interoperability, Security, and Metadata Extraction.

Sensor Metadata Workshop Report Released

MMI has released the final workshop report for the 2006 Sensor Metadata Interoperability workshop.

Metadata Standards Comparison Matrix Initiated

The IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observing System) Data Management and Communications Metadata Expert Team initiated a matrix comparing metadata standards and schema.

"Envisioning Our Coastal Future" - Invitation to Participate

During the meeting, NOAA and CSO will present our joint initiative, Envisioning the Future of Coastal Management, followed by facilitated comment sessions. We want to hear your success stories, best management practices, and innovative solutions for how coastal management can be better

New Section for Community News Announced

The Marine Metadata Interoperability Project has announced the creation of a new feature on its web site. The marine metadata community news pages on the site. This feature will publish news releases and stories of general interest to the marine metadata community.

MMI "On the Map"

The Marine Metadata Interoperability (MMI) project was featured prominently in two presentations at the recent AAG meeting. Dawn Wright presented information on Trans-Atlantic partnerships, and participated in a panel on Distributed Geospatial Information Processing (see below for details). By providing tools and expertise, MMI facilitates data sharing, which can lead to scientifically sound and innovative projects. One such example is the Oregon Coastal Atlas.