DataONE Data Management Module 07: Metadata

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What is metadata? Metadata is data (or documentation) that describes and provides context for data and it is everywhere around us. Metadata allows us to understand the details of a dataset, including: where it was collected, how it was collected, what gaps in the data mean, what the units of measurement are, who collected the data, how it should be attributed etc. By creating and providing good descriptive metadata for our own data, we enable others to efficiently discover and use the data products from our research. This lesson explores the importance of metadata to data authors, users of the data and organizations, and highlights the utility of metadata. It provides an overview of the different metadata standards that exist, and the core elements that are consistent across them; guiding users in selecting a metadata standard to work with and introduces the best practices needed for writing a high quality metadata record. 
This 30-40 minute lesson includes a downloadable presentation (PPT or PDF) with supporting hands-on exercise, handout, and supporting data files.
 

Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
DataONE Community Engagement and Outreach Working Group
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Creative Commons 0 - CC0 "No Rights Reserved" (Public Domain)
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No fee
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DataONE Community Engagement & Outreach Working Group (2017) "Metadata Management". Accessed at https://dataoneorg.github.io/Education/lessons/07_metadata/ on Jun 01, 2018
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English
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Data life cycle
Data management
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Published / Broadcast: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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DataONE
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v1 - 05.01.2012
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Presentation - representation of the particular way in which an author shows, describes or explains one or more concepts, e.g., a set of Powerpoint slides.
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Name: 
DataONE
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Final Product
Contact Person(s): 
Amber E. Budden
Contact Organization(s): 
DataONE
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Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management.
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Unit - long-range plan of instruction on a particular concept containing multiple, related lessons.
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Up to 1 hour
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DataONE Education Modules
FAIR Data Principles
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