The first RIGIS Metadata Author’s workshop was held on March 25, 2016 at the University of Rhode Island. Throughout the all-day workshop participants learned the ins and outs of metadata and how to author it using ArcCatalog. The goal of this workshop was to provide RIGIS data contributors with the new minimum metadata standard, based on the FGDC metadata standard, that all RIGIS data must meet for inclusion on the site, however this workshop was great for anyone looking for more guidance on how to create and write metadata for themselves or their organization.
Throughout the morning’s presentations attendees were able to ask questions and have discussions about how metadata has positively or negatively impacted them, and to gain clarification on some of the more confusing aspects of the FGDC metadata stanard that was being presented. During the second half of the day, participants were given a chance to begin writing their own metadata using the provided metadata guide.
I look forward to offering our second RIGIS Metadata Author’s Workshop on June 1 at URI. Due to the surprising demand for the course, we will be offering this workshop as a WebEx session also. This will allow us to expand beyond the 15 person capacity of our teaching lab on campus, and hopefully won’t leave anyone out. Who knew people cared so much about learning how to write metadata?!
I encourage people to sign up for the June 1 class! Please make sure you have signed up before May 11 when our registration will close. Shortly after this date I will be sending out confirmation emails to those who have been selected to attend the course at URI (please know that priority seating in the computer lab will be given to active RIGIS data contributors); the remainder of registrants will receive an email with information on how to log into the WebEx session (anyone can register for this!). You can register for this event here: http://goo.gl/forms/8J53JTZVFF. If anyone has questions about the June 1 class please don’t hesitate to email me, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you interested in learning more about metadata, the majority of the course materials are available for download from our Metadata Resources page, including the RIGIS Minimum Metadata Requirements – A Guide to Creating FGDC-compliant Metadata for Data Submissions to RIGIS.
Happy metadata authoring!!