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Sixteenth session of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), Lisbon, Portugal, 30 October – 9 November 2000: report on the Medi Pilot Project
Reed, G. (2000). Sixteenth session of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), Lisbon, Portugal, 30 October – 9 November 2000: report on the Medi Pilot Project. IOC Information Documents, IOC/IODE-XVI/11. IOC Project Office for IODE: Ostend. 7 pp.
Part of: IOC Information Documents. UNESCO: Paris, more

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    Metadata; Marine
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    Medi Pilot Project

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Abstract
    The MEDI Pilot Project has resulted in the development of user-friendly software for the creation of metadata records in a standard format, ensuring compatibility or convertibility with the emerging ISO standard for metadata and other major national standards. The philosophy behind the design of MEDI structure has been to develop a system to allow users to adequately describe marine datasets to a level of detail sufficient for a dataset to be identified and for a judgment of the quality of the dataset to be made. This requires the collection of only the minimum amount of metadata to describe the dataset. This approach allows the user to easily populate and maintain the directory and will thus encourage its use. The ability to transfer metadata descriptions from MEDI to global data directories, in particular the Global Change Master Directory, will ensure that MEDI becomes a viable system for collecting marine metadata. Data centres do not have the resources to maintain multiple data directories so the ability to upload datasets from MEDI to a global directory is important. In addition, major global data collection programs, such GOOS, can use MEDI to describe their datasets, with MEDI providing the mechanism to transfer metadata to global directories.

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