GEOG 488
Acquiring and Integrating Geospatial Data

Lesson 2: Understanding and Producing Metadata


Module 2: State College Borough Water Authority (cont.)


Throughout the creation of your GIS Plan, metadata should always be on your mind, whether you are assessing, acquiring, creating, or publishing data. In the first part of this module, you will view the existing metadata (or lack thereof) for the data we worked with in Lesson 1. You will input information collected from the data providers about the data. You will comment on how these metadata can be improved. In the second part of this module, you will begin to document the status of the metadata for your local area.

A. Goals

Upon completion of module 2, you will be able to: produce and publish metadata for some data you acquired or would like to acquire, check the validity of information found in metadata, create data dictionaries and plan what to collect, and look at metadata downloaded from online data portals.

B. Background

In module 1 you were given some data sets provided by a water authority and the engineer they work with. You may have noticed the lack of documentation in those data. It was a good lesson for me to see that some of the first data I acquired for my module were lacking metadata. I was also surprised at how hard it was to track down complete information. In a continuation of the first week's scenario, I will share the information I was able to find about my data in the hopes of making you familiar with the types of information you have to gather and the types of questions you might ask when acquiring data.

C. Module Overview

  1. Produce and publish metadata.
  2. Check the validity of information found in metadata.
  3. Check Dates and timeliness and currency of data.
  4. Create data dictionaries and plan what to collect.
  5. Look at Web Data Sources.

D. Deliverables

This module is one week in length. Please refer to the course Calendar tab, in ANGEL, for the due date.

Please see the Deliverables section at the end of Part II for this week's readings and action items.