The Ecological Metadata Language (EML) is a metadata standard developed by the ecological community for persistence, discoverability, and reuse of ecological data. EML extends the data lifespan allowing new insights and knowledge to be derived many years from now. While the highly detailed .xml structure of EML is necessary to organize and make searchable the metadata content, it confronts the inexperienced data provider with a steep learning curve that few have time to tackle. To overcome this we’ve created the EML Assembly Line, a linear process helping you craft high quality EML yourself! The EML Assembly Line is useful for publishing one-off datasets or providing a foundation for an EML factory. The EML Assembly Line R code package is available for download and development at our GitHub (https://github.com/EDIorg/EMLassemblyline). See you there!