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Proposed Metadata Format (Inventory of existing data sets)

Collecting metadata on any available information from the NY-NJ area was discussed at the meeting. Below is a preliminary table describing metadata fields that would be helpful in determining the amount and types of data that are available before attempting to integrate it all into a common database. This list is meant to provide space for digital data sets (databases, GIS layers, scanned photos, etc.) as well as other non-digital reference materials. Not all fields may apply to all data sets. It is designed as an initial broad-brush inventory of available information in the NY-NJ areas.

A blank Excel spreadsheet with these metadata fields as headings can be downloaded here and filled in:
metanynj.xls

METADATA FIELD DESCRIPTION
EXAMPLES
SUPPLEMENTARY INFO (OPTIONAL)
Subject/Content Main content of database or GIS Bathymetry, coastline, sediments, habitats, seafloor imagery, physical oceanography (e.g. for physical oceanography: currents,temperature, salinity)
Data type Format of data Analog; digital; other (e.g. photographs) (e.g. paper map, ArcView shapefile, sediment database)
Description Name of product (Title or filename) SHOAL (USACE wave hindcasting model);
USGS Offshore Sediment Database;
LISound.jpg
 
Agency or organization Creator or sponsor of product USACE, NY District;
NOAA Coast Survey, USGS Coastal and Marine
 
Contact person(s) Name, location, e-mail & telephone    
Source of data General description telling where/how the data was obtained Contractor vibracore analyses for USACE, NY District;
NJ DEP digital environmental data, Volume 4 (Tidelands Integrated Freshwater wetlands and land Use/Land Cover)
 
Geographic area General description of area NY-NJ coastal area;
Barnegat Bay
 
Boundaries More specific limits, if applicable Cape May to Montauk Pt.  
Scale Scale of printed maps, or intended scale for use of digital data 1:250,000  
Dates of acquisition Year(s) 1962-99  
Mode of use Current usage of this data Web, publication, CD ROM, In-house  
URL for data or metadata Specific web site (not agency home page) where data can be downloaded or viewed http://coast-enviro.er.usgs.gov/aggregat  
User retrieval method How the user should obtain copies Download from web site; special request  
Published reference Bibliographic reference if data or materials have been published Butman and Lindsay, ed., 1999: A Marine GIS Library for Massachusetts Bay, USGS Open-File Report 99-439.  
Projection Transformation used for maps or GIS layers UTM Zone 18;
Geographic Coordinate System
 
Horizontal datum Horizontal reference datum (ellipsoidal model) used for maps or GIS layers WGS84;
NAD27
 
Vertical datum Reference surface used as the basis of elevation NAVD88  
GIS Feature type Feature type of GIS layer point; line; polygon; raster  
Resolution of image/grid data Distance on earth depicted in one cell of raster layer cell size = 10m  
Other related web sites/publications URLs or other references to metadata for related data sets    

 

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