GeoDatabase (.gdb) Data Curation Primer

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The geodatabase is a container for geospatial datasets that can also provide relational functionality between the files. Although the term geodatabase can be used more widely, this primer describes the ArcGIS geodatabase designed by Esri.
This work was created as part of the Data Curation Network “Specialized Data Curation” Workshop #1 co-located with the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 17-18, 2018.
Table of Contents :
 1. Description of format  
2. Examples of geodatabase datasets  
3. Key questions 
 4. Instructions for resources to use in the curation review of geodatabase files 
 5. Metadata 
6. Preservation actions  
7. Bibliography 
 Appendix 1: Future Primer Directions 

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Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Andrew Battista
Tom Brittnacher
Zenobie Garrett
Jennifer Moore
Carrie Pirmann
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No fee
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Battista, Andrew; Brittnacher, Tom; Garrett, Zenobie; Moore, Jennifer; Pirmann, Carrie. (2019). GeoDatabase (.gdb) Data Curation Primer. Data Curation Network. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,
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Data curation
Data visualization
Database design
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Geoscience data
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Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
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Data Curation Network
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