Metacat Administrator's Guide

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Metacat is a repository for data and metadata (documentation about data) that helps scientists find, understand and effectively use data sets they manage or that have been created by others. Thousands of data sets are currently documented in a standardized way and stored in Metacat systems, providing the scientific community with a broad range of science data that–because the data are well and consistently described–can be easily searched, compared, merged, or used in other ways.  

This Metacat Administrator's Guide includes instruction on the following topics:
Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  Contributors
Chapter 3:  License
Chapter 4:  Downloading and installing Metacat
Chapter 5:  Configuring Metacat
Chapter 6:  DataONE Member Node Support
Chapter 7:  Accessing and submitting Metadata and data
Chapter 8:  Metacat indexing
Chapter 9:  Modifying and creating themes
Chapter 10:  Metacat authentication mechanism
Chapter 11:  Metacat's use of Geoserver
Chapter 12:  Replication
Chapter 13:  Harvester and harvest list editor
Chapter 14:  OAI protocol for metadata harvesting
Chapter 15:  Event logging
Chapter 16:  Enabling web searches:  sitemaps
Chapter 17:  Appendix:  Metacat properties
Chapter 18:  Appendix:  Development issues

Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
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No fee
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Cyberinfrastructure for science
Data access
Data collection
Data management
Data management planning tools
Expert guidance - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Subject Discipline - subject domain(s) toward which the learning resource is targeted: 
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012
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Regents of the University of California
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Contact Organization(s): 
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
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Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Research scientist
Software engineer
Mid-career research scientist
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Data manager
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More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)