With that in mind, I have two quick questions regarding your suggestion:
Ben Domenico writes: # We are aware of the detailed standards of the FGDC, GCMD, those # evolving at ISO as well as the ESML definition at UAH. [...] # But, as a place to get started and gain some experience with the # metadata generation tools themselves, we're looking for something # simpler
The danger in choosing something simpler "to get started" is that once chosen it is very difficult to get rid of.
This appears only to address educational documents or modules, not datasets. Perhaps that is all you need, but you also wrote:
# In particular, we plan to start with the types of data found on many # THREDDS servers: # -- gridded data output from weather forecast models, # -- GOES satellite imagery, NEXRAD level 3 images, and # -- point source weather observations and balloon soundings from # weather stations # -- climate data
I recommend you consider whether a subset of FGDC CSDGM or ISO 19115 would meet your needs for dataset description. Only some of the fields therein are required. See <http://www.fgdc.gov/metadata/contstan.html>.
Note also that specifications like the OGC Web Map Service have explicit support for linking to FGDC or ISO metadata, and that the Office of Management and Budget's e-government "Geospatial One-Stop" initiative will be using FGDC metadata.
Regards, Jeff DLB
Dr Jeff de La Beaujardiere * Computer Scientist NASA Goddard Space Flight Center * Code 933 address@hidden * +1 301 286 1569 http://iniki.gsfc.nasa.gov/
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