However, the state's many Esri software users wanted to work with metadata directly within their GIS. With the release of ArcGIS 8, the ArcCatalog metadata management tool has become an integral part of the software, making it much more convenient to use. Unfortunately, Minnesota users encountered a stumbling block: ArcCatalog supplies FGDC- and ISO-compliant editors, and the editor samples that come with ArcGIS support the FGDC metadata standard.
To provide an alternative for users who prefer to view or edit metadata using the Minnesota guidelines, the state adapted ArcGIS's sample editor. The new MGMG editor allows users to compose new metadata records and modify existing ones. It has built-in help for each element as well as references to general help within ArcGIS and related Web sites. In addition to the various federal and Esri stylesheets that come with the program, users can add a stylesheet that displays metadata in the standardized MGMG format.
More Support for Metadata
For Esri software users who do not have ArcCatalog, DataLogr is an easy-to-use, stand-alone metadata utility that also supports MGMG and is available from the Land Management Information Center. Since XML allows streamlined conversion between the two tools, records created with DataLogr can be easily shared with ArcCatalog users. No work is lost when users migrate to ArcGIS.
For more information or to download the free DataLogr program, visit the Land Management Information Center pages of the Minnesota Planning Web site at www.lmic.state.mn.us/chouse/ datalogr.html. The free MGMG editor and stylesheet can be downloaded from www.lmic.state.mn.us/chouse/arccatalog.html. The Web site includes installation instructions as well as the simple steps for transferring records between ArcCatalog and DataLogr.
Regardless of the productivity tool used or the metadata standard adopted, ensuring that adding metadata is included in the GIS production process is critical. Effective data management, sharing, and reuse are impossible without it!
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