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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.

Introduction to Geospatial Metadata - ISO 191** Metadata Register Here *
Thursdays at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST (2000-2100 UTC) Course Materials: Download Here *
January 16, 2014 Introduction to Metadata - ISO 101
January 23, 2014 ISO 101 - Content and Organization
January 30, 2014 XML Basics
February 6, 2014 UML Basics
February 13, 2014 Tools for ISO Metadata
February 20, 2014 Creation Methods and Writing Metadata
February 27, 2014 Validation
March 6, 2014 Data Discovery

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 Metadata Training

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.

The course consists of six separate one-hour online modules using a GoToWebinar format.

Course Modules

  • Introduction to Metadata, Current Metadata Policies
  • Intro to XML and Intro to UML
  • Discovery Level ISO 19115-2 Metadata, Overview of Data Catalogs
  • Metadata Content for Access
  • Metadata Content for Understanding
  • ISO Metadata Creation Methods - Tools and Templates

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Materials for Previously Offered Courses:

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