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     FGDC / NBII Metadata – Software
     Lynn Kutner (lynn_kutner@natureserve.org) & Terry Giles (terry_giles@usgs.gov)

I.        Metadata Creation Tools

     Software      Company / Web Links               Description                                     Technical Notes             Price                  Biological   Comments
     Name                                                                                                                                               Data
                                                                                                                                                        Profile
     ArcCatalog    ESRI –                            FGDC-compliant metadata editor with             Runs on MS Windows NT       Part of ArcGIS 8.x     NO           Intuitive windows GUI interface, good built-in
     (ArcGIS 8.x   http://www.esri.com/              stylesheets for various formats (FGDC,          4.0 with Service Pack 6a,   desktop – license                   help. If you’re already using ArcGIS it is very
     and 9.x)                                        FGDC FAQ, ESRI, Geography Network,              Windows 2000, or            listed at $1,500 but                convenient to use the built-in metadata tools.
                                                     XML). Automated creation & update of            Windows XP.                 NS and NHP                          Doesn’t really have a template function, but can
                                                     spatial metadata elements (bounding             Recommended system          should have                         do a work-around by importing an existing
                                                     coordinates, projection, etc.) and list of      requirements: Pentium,      discount rate                       metadata record and using the advanced
                                                     attributes. Stored as XML file. Can create      650 MHz or higher,                                              synchronization tools.
                                                     custom editor & stylesheet.                     256 MB RAM.
                                                                                                                                                                     It would be ideal to have a FGDC BDP compliant
                                                     Advanced tools and customizations (such                                                                         editor and stylesheet, but this has not yet been
                                                     as specifying which parts of the metadata                                                                       done. Anyone brave enough to try creating
                                                     record to automatically update) can be                                                                          these?
                                                     downloaded from the ESRI ArcObjects
                                                     website: http://arcobjectsonline.esri.com/                                                                      To create metadata with the biological data
                                                     select “Samples”, “Metadata”, “Tools”, see                                                                      profile, can easily start creating a metadata
                                                     “Advanced Synchronization” or “Set                                                                              record in ArcCatalog, export, and then import to
                                                     Synchronized Properties”                                                                                        TKME or SMMS. Not very elegant but a
                                                                                                                                                                     reasonable work-around.
     ArcView 3.x   Created by NOAA -                 ArcView 3.x Metadata Extension                  Runs with ArcView 3.x       Free                   NO           Intuitive windows GUI interface, includes help
     Extension -   http://www.csc.noaa.gov/met                                                                                                                       and examples for each metadata section.
     Metadata      adata/text/download.html          Has a series of user-friendly windows to
     Collector     or                                create FGDC metadata. Metadata records                                                                          Good option for programs that have only ArcView
     v2.0          http://arcscripts.esri.com/deta   are stored as dbf files and the user can                                                                        3.x and do not have the budget to purchase
                   ils.asp?dbid=10413                import / reuse portions such as citations,                                                                      additional metadata software.
                                                     contacts, keywords, and attribute domain
                                                     values. Automatically creates metadata for
                                                     spatial metadata elements (projection, etc.).
                                                     Creates metadata as text or html.




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Software     Company / Web Links               Description                                    Technical Notes            Price                Biological      Comments
Name                                                                                                                                          Data
                                                                                                                                              Profile
SMMS         Intergraph -                      FGDC-compliant metadata editor, including      Runs on MS Windows NT      single copy = $600   YES             Intuitive windows GUI interface, good built-in help
(Spatial     http://www.intergraph.com/gis     NBII biological profile. Can associate a       or Windows 2000; uses                                           with sample metadata. Great ability to create and
Metadata     /smms/                            SMMS metadata record with the actual GIS       MS Access, SQL Server,     volume discount =                    re-use templates and components such as
Managemen                                      data layer it describes. Automated capture     or Oracle backend.         ~ $300                               contacts and citations.
t System)                                      of spatial metadata elements (bounding
                                               coordinates, etc.) and list of attributes.                                demo / evaluation                    SMMS is currently being used in the USGS
                                               Metadata publishing. Can create metadata                                  copy available                       FGDC / NBII metadata training workshops and
                                               templates & keywords lists, and includes a                                online                               seems to have been unofficially endorsed by
                                               database so can re-use components such                                                                         USGS / NBII metadata experts.
                                               as Citations and Contacts. Can create user-
                                               defined metadata fields.
Metavist     USFS North Central                Metavist 2005 is a computer program            Runs on Microsoft          Free                 YES             Interface pretty intuitive, well written
2005         Research Station –                designed to create metadata compliant with     Windows 2000 or XP                                              documentation. Can import existing full or partial
             http://ncrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/view   the Federal Geographic Data Committee          operating systems;                                              metadata records in XML to use as a template.
             pub.asp?key=2737                  (FGDC) 1998 metadata standard or the           requires the presence of                                        Does NOT automatically generate spatial
                                               National Biological Information                Microsoft's .Net                                                components of metadata (projections, bounding
                                               Infrastructure (NBII) 1999 Biological Data     Framework version 1.1.                                          coordinates, etc.).
                                               Profile for the FGDC standard. The software
                                               The metadata are output in XML format.                                                                         Metavist is currently being used in the USGS
                                                                                                                                                              FGDC / NBII metadata training workshops
TKME         USGS -                            Editor for formal metadata, that conforms to   Runs on MS Windows 95,     Free                 YES – can       Initially takes more effort to figure out how to use
             http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/    the FGDC Content Standard for Digital          98, NT, and 2000. DOS-                          be configured   the software (steep learning curve) since it is not
             metadata/tools/doc/tkme.html      Geospatial Metadata. Closely allied with MP    based tool.                                     for BDP and     a Windows GUI application. Once you get the
                                               (see below). Multi-lingual – can be                                                            other           hang of TKME it is easy to work in and since it
                                               configured for French, Spanish &                                                               extensions      has a large text window in some ways is better
                                               Indonesian element names.                                                                      (such as the    for editing long text fields. Suggest using with
                                                                                                                                              ESRI            hard copy of FGDC standard to help keep track
                                               See TKME metadata:                                                                             metadata        of where you are and what the required elements
                                               http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/metadata/tools                                                   components).    are. Was easily able to import metadata file
                                               /doc/metadata/xtme.html;                                                                                       originally created in ESRI ArcCatalog and use
                                                                                                                                                              TKME to add the biological data profile metadata
                                                                                                                                                              elements.

                                                                                                                                                              DOS-based software, which will be quite a shock
                                                                                                                                                              for people who “grew up” only in windows or will
                                                                                                                                                              require users to dust off old skills. Fairly
                                                                                                                                                              comprehensive instructions available online, and
                                                                                                                                                              software author (Peter Schweitzer) very
                                                                                                                                                              accessible to answer questions.



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      Software     Company / Web Links              Description                                      Technical Notes             Price   Biological       Comments
      Name                                                                                                                               Data
                                                                                                                                         Profile
      Metascribe   NOAA -                           An online, template based, metadata              Requires only Internet      Free    NO, but          Creating a template can be cumbersome, and
                   http://www.csc.noaa.gov/met      creation and validation tool. Generates          Explorer, Netscape, or              appears to       available tool types may not handle needs (e.g.
                   adata/metascribe/                FGDC complaint metadata, deliverable in          similar.                            be in the        no multi-select list box). Your template must be
                                                    several formats & methods.                                                           works.           resubmitted to the server for each record you
                                                                                                                                                          wish to generate. Metadata will be FGDC
                                                                                                                                                          compliant when finished - cannot download the
                                                                                                                                                          record from server until it is.

II.        Metadata Quality Control and Output Tools

      Software     Company / Web Links              Description                                      Technical Notes             Price   Biological       Comments - Lynn Kutner
      Name                                                                                                                               Data
                                                                                                                                         Profile
      CNS          USGS -                           Metadata formatting tool. Pre-parser for         Runs on Linux, UNIX,        Free    YES – can be     Very helpful tool to help massage metadata into
      (Chew and    http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/   formal metadata to convert records that          and all versions of                 configured for   correct format.
      spit)        metadata/tools/doc/cns.html      cannot be parsed by mp (see below) into          Microsoft Windows (95               BDP and
                                                    records that can be parsed by mp.                and later, including XP).           other            DOS-based software, which will be quite a shock
                                                                                                                                         extensions.      for people who “grew up” only in windows or will
                                                                                                                                                          require users to dust off old skills. Fairly
                                                                                                                                                          comprehensive instructions available online, and
                                                                                                                                                          software author (Peter Schweitzer) very
                                                                                                                                                          accessible to answer questions.
      MP           USGS -                           Metadata quality control and output              Runs on Linux, UNIX,        Free    YES – can be     Very helpful tool to quality control metadata,
      (Metadata    http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/   configuration tool. Compiler to parse formal     and all versions of                 configured for   ensuring that all of the required elements are
      Parser)      metadata/tools/doc/mp.html       metadata, checking the syntax against the        Microsoft Windows (95               BDP and          present and that elements with restricted values
                                                    FGDC Content Standard for Digital                and later, including XP).           other            are entered correctly. Also very useful for
                                                    Geospatial Metadata and generating output                                            extensions.      generating output in text, HTML, SGML, XML, or
                                                    suitable for viewing with a web browser or                                                            DIF.
                                                    text editor; multi-lingual – can be configured
                                                    for French, Spanish & Indonesian element                                                              DOS-based software, which will be quite a shock
                                                    names.                                                                                                for people who “grew up” only in windows or will
                                                                                                                                                          require users to dust off old skills. Fairly
                                                    See MP metadata:                                                                                      comprehensive instructions available online, and
                                                    http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/metadata/tools                                                          software author (Peter Schweitzer) very
                                                    /doc/metadata/mp.html                                                                                 accessible to answer questions.




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Software     Company / Web Links              Description                                    Technical Notes             Price   Biological       Comments - Lynn Kutner
Name                                                                                                                             Data
                                                                                                                                 Profile
MP Online    USGS –                           Online service that checks your FGDC-          Online service - requires   Free    YES –            Very helpful way to begin using MP to validate
Validation   http://geo-                      compatible metadata record using mp            only Internet Explorer,             recognizes       metadata records; do not need to know how to
tool         nsdi.er.usgs.gov/validate.php    (metadata parser). Provide a metadata          Netscape, or similar.               BDP and          open DOS command window.
                                              record that is formatted as indented text,                                         several other
                                              XML, or SGML. Results will show                                                    extensions /
                                              discrepancies between the structure of your                                        profiles
                                              metadata record and the expectation of the
                                              FGDC metadata standard (FGDC-STD-001-
                                              1998) and will show several potentially
                                              useful re-expressions of the metadata
                                              record itself.
Err2html     USGS –                           Tool that helps make the output from MP        Runs on Linux, UNIX,        Free    YES              Great tool to help interpret the MP output – makes
             http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/   easier to read and interpret. Because the      and all versions of                                  it MUCH easier to find and understand any errors.
             metadata/tools/doc/err2html.h    error messages generated by mp are             Microsoft Windows (95
             tml                              somewhat terse, new users will generally       and later, including XP).
                                              have difficulty interpreting them at first.
                                              Err2html is a small stand-alone application
                                              designed to provide an enhanced
                                              presentation of the error report in order to
                                              facilitate peoples' learning of the standard
                                              elements and the error messages that mp
                                              generates.
NPS          NPS –                            This ArcCatalog extension expands on tools     Extension for ArcCatalog    Free    YES              Includes a stylesheet to VIEW metadata with the
ArcCatalog   http://www.nature.nps.gov/im/    to assist in managing large sets of                                                                 Biological Data Profile (called NBII in the tool), but
Extension    units/mwr/gis/metadata/meta      metadata: import, export, validation,                                                               cannot CREATE or EDIT the BDP metadata
             data_tools.htm                   parsing, creating an Access database of                                                             elements. Instructions include a workaround for
                                              summary metadata. Also can import, view,                                                            creating the BDP metadata elements.
                                              and export NBII compliant metadata
                                              (Biological Data Profile).
MPBatch      Intergraph -                     A Windows shell to run the CNS & MP tools      Windows 98, NT, XP          Free    YES - if CNS     Designed to be used with CNS and MP, but gives
             http://imgssupport.intergraph.   for those who don't like DOS.                                                      and MP have      them a standard Windows look and feel. Straight
             com/Tools.asp                                                                                                       been             forward and easy to use.
                                                                                                                                 configured for
                                                                                                                                 the BDP.




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