GEOG 469
Energy Industry Applications of GIS

Metadata Assignment



In this activity, you will explore metadata further by reviewing actual metadata sets and answering a set of questions about them.


For this assignment, you will need to record your work in a word processing document. Your work must be submitted in Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) format so I can open it. In addition, documents must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times Roman font.


  1. Access the following metadata sets:
  2. For each dataset, answer the following questions in a word processing document. If you cannot find the answer within the metadata, state that as your response:
    • What agency or organization created the data?
    • When was the data created?
    • What is the GIS format (raster or vector)?
    • What is the resolution of the data?
      • If raster, report cell size
      • If vector, report scale
    • What is the spatial reference of the data?
      • Coordinate system (Geographic, UTM, State Plane, etc.)?
      • Projection (Unprojected, Transverse Mercator, Albers Equal Area, etc.)?
      • Datum (WGS84, NAD83, NAD27, etc.)?
    • How was the original data created (scanned maps, satellite, survey, etc.)?
    • What time period does the data cover?
    • What data attributes are used?
    • What is the unit of the attribute?
    • Was all of the data needed to answer the questions readily available?
    • How would you rate the data quality of the dataset on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 = poor data quality and 5 = excellent data quality?
  3. At the end of your word processing document, respond to the following question:
    • What did you learn about metadata from doing this activity?
  4. Save your work as either a Microsoft Word or PDF file in the following format:

    Lesson2_Metadata_AccessAccountID_LastName.doc (or .pdf).

Submitting your work

Submit your work to the Lesson 7 - Metadata drop box by the due date indicated on our course calendar.

Grading Criteria

This activity is graded out of 5 points

Lesson 7 Rubric
CRITERIA 8 6 4 2 0
Dataset Questions Fully answered all 11 questions for all 4 datasets Fully answered all 11 questions for 3 of the 4 datasets Fully answered all 11 questions for 2 of the 4 datasets Fully answered all 11 questions for 1 of the 4 datasets Did not fully answer the 11 questions for any of the datasets
Answer to Item #3? n/a n/a n/a Provided written response to Item #3 questions No written response to Item #3 is provided