A new version of the Ecological Metadata Language (EML 2.2) was released recently with several significant additions. EDI is working with our community to explore the potential benefits of new EML features and how these work best for the data we handle, and to outline their incorporation into EDI systems. Feedback from a webinar indicated that several new EML features were high priority, and we have already adapted our data package views to display new content in a basic manner for project funding sources, taxonomic identifiers and semantic annotations at the dataset- and measurement- level. We also are migrating our harmonization format for community survey data (ecocomDP) to include annotation, and anticipate adapting ecocomDP creation code to include identifiers that we expect to appear in Level 0 (raw) data. We have begun the revision process of our Best Practices for EML Metadata material – anticipating new recommendations for EML 2.2 – by first migrating current versions to a more dynamic system using GitHub pages. Continue reading “EDI plans for EML 2.2”
Margaret O’Brien (UCSB, EDI) and John Porter (Virginia Coastal LTER) co-organized a workshop at the 2018 LTER ALL Scientists’ Meeting (Pacific Grove, CA, 30 September – 4 October 2018) on “Dataset annotation in EML 2.2”. You can find Margaret’s presentation slides here.
Colin Smith (UW-Madison, EDI Information Manager) presented a poster on EDI’s “Data Curation and Publication Services for Ecologists” at the 2018 LTER ALL Scientists’ Meeting (Pacific Grove, CA, 30 September – 4 October 2018). The pdf of the poster is available here.
The LTER Information Management Committee (IMC) has created a significant knowledge base, and made it available through its website, http://im.lternet.edu. That website is being reorganized, and many of its general data management resources are being migrated to other locations, most notably, to EDI (https://environmentaldatainitiative.org/resources/). One of these which is used both within and beyond the LTER is the EML Best Practices recommendations; Version 1 was released in 2005, and a much-expanded Version 2 in 2011. Version 3 was released in 2017 by EDI, with a simple goal: to generalize it for a broader community, while still acknowledging the LTER IMC as its originators. The Version 3 draft was circulated within the LTER’s best practices mailing list, and comments incorporated. Continue reading “EML Best Practices V.3”