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Please see "Training Request" below if you would like to request a training session. Descriptions of the types of training available are in found in the "Course Descriptions" section.

Training Request

Please use the contact information listed in the Point of Contact block to request a training session. If you phone us, please ask to speak to a Metadata Specialist. If you email us, please use "Training Request" and the Course Description title as the subject line, such as "Subject: Training Request - Metadata for Managers."

Training courses can be provided in a variety of formats. We periodically provide on-line sessions in a webinar format. On-location sessions in a classroom or workshop setting are arranged on a case-by-case basis. "One on One" sessions can be provided to answer specific questions on an as-needed basis. To request a "One on One" session, please outline your topic or question in the body of your email.

Introduction to Geospatial Metadata - ISO 191** Metadata Register Here *
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM CST (1330-1430 UTC) Course Materials: Download Here *
Tuesday, November 5 Introduction to Metadata - ISO 101
Tuesday, November 12 ISO - Content and Organization
Tuesday, November 19 XML Basics
Tuesday, November 26 UML Basics
Tuesday, December 3 Tools for ISO Metadata
Tuesday, December 10 Creation Methods and Writing Metadata
Tuesday, December 17 Validation

Online Metadata Training

NCEI's Metadata team offers several metadata training courses in an online webinar format. A general description for each course can be found in the "Course Descriptions" section below.

The course schedule, including title, dates and times are now available. Registration links are to the right of the course title.

  • Introduction to Geospatial Metadata, June 4 - July 16, 2015, Thursdays, 9AM CST Register Here

*Note: the Register Here link will open the sites in a new tab/window. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions needed to join the webinar. You may also check on system requirements prior to joining the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

Course Descriptions

Each of the courses can also be provided in a classroom or workshop setting. Additionally, NCEI's Metadata team is available for special one-on-one "My Metadata" sessions to answer specific questions on an as-needed basis. To schedule a one-on-one Session, please use the information listed in the point of contact block.

Metadata for Managers

Metadata for Managers

This course illustrates the concept, principles, and value of metadata. Course modules explain core metadata concepts and present the business case for metadata including policy and implementation guidance. The course provides targeted instruction to managers who wish to understand the "Who"? "What"? "Where"? and "Why"? of standard metadata. This course is not limited strictly to managers; but may be taken as a basic familiarity or refresher course for anyone wishing to become familiar with the basics of standard metadata.

  • Metadata for Managers is typically presented in six (6) online modules

Introduction to Geospatial Metadata

Introduction to Geospatial Metadata

This course presents the concept, principles, and value of metadata in adherence to metadata standards in current use by Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) member agencies. The initial focus is on discovery level metadata. Detailed metadata information is also presented so that metadata creators can develop more 'robust' levels of metadata documentation, including metadata for access and metadata for understanding. Available metadata tools for the creation and validation of standard metadata are demonstrated. Guidelines and best practices for writing quality metadata are presented.

  • Introduction to Geospatial Metadata is typically presented in six (6) online modules

In addition to the basic overview of standard metadata and metadata catalogs described above, the course can be tailored to a particular focus. Transition to ISO provides a review of the CSDGM standard and presents tools and techniques developed to transition CSDGM metadata to ISO 191** series metadata. Introduction to ISO provides an in-depth examination of the ISO 191** series standards, including UML and XML basics. Workbooks and other resources are reviewed; and an opportunity to read, create, edit and validate ISO 19115-2 metadata using available tools and resources is provided.

Previously Offered Courses:

Please contact a Metadata Specialist about these previously offered courses and workshops.

  • Introduction to CSDGM Metadata
  • Creating and Managing Metadata using MERMAid
  • Train the Trainer
  • Metadata Training for Gulf Restoration Partners