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Metadata is integral to data management and data archive activities. The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) provides metadata training to help data providers and data managers accomplish the goal of providing discovery-level, access-level and understanding-level metadata for their geospatial and environmental data.

NCEI's metadata training focus is on the development of ISO 19115-2 and related standards in accordance with NOAA's Data Documentation Directive. Other metadata topics can be addressed as needed.

Training Request

NCEI periodically provides on-line metadata training sessions in a webinar format. Please use this form to let us know the type of training and the metadata topics you are interested in.

The NCEI Metadata Team is also able to provide general metadata assistance via email.

The Transition to ISO
Fridays 9 AM - 10 AM CDT (1400-1500 UTC) Course Materials: Download Here *
June 27, 2014 Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content Organization
July 11, 2014 XML Basics
July 18, 2014 Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
July 25, 2014 Tool Overview
August 1, 2014 ISO Creation Methods
August 8, 2014 Validation and Advanced ISO Topics

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.

"Intro to ISO" Online Training

  • February 10 - March 16, 2016; Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 CST

This course presents the concept, principles, and value of metadata utilizing the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 191** metadata in several online sessions. The "Intro to ISO Metadata" course will focus on how the ISO 19115-2 metadata standard is organized and will demonstrate how the different levels of metadata content (discovery, access, and understanding) are expressed in the ISO metadata standards.

Though not tailored to specific audiences, additional training can be developed in cooperation with specific projects if desired. Reviews of basic data management topics in preparation of PARR requirements are also covered in the training.

The course consists of six separate one-hour online modules using a GoToWebinar format. Course materials will be made available online as the course progresses. Please contact us for more information.

To register for this course, please use this link:

Module Title Date
Introduction to Metadata, Current Metadata Policies February 10, 2016
Intro to XML and Intro to UML February 17, 2016
Discovery Level ISO 19115-2 Metadata, Overview of Data Catalogs February 24, 2016
Metadata Content for Access March 2, 2016
Metadata Content for Understanding March 9, 2016
ISO Metadata Creation Methods - Tools and Templates March 16, 2016

Previously Offered Courses:

Some of the materials from previous webinar offerings of these courses can be found here: