Phase 3. Create EML Metadata


Ecological Metadata Language (EML) is a metadata specification developed by the ecology discipline and works well for many types of environmental data.  EML is highly structured, easily parsed by computers, and essential for entering your data into the EDI Repository.

Do-It-Yourself (for data managers and other R-coders)

Get help from EDI (metadata for non-DMs – single investigators)

EDI personnel will generate EML from metadata that you provide to us, from the template, or we will teach you how to generate EML files yourself.   In either case, the process starts with describing your data set using the metadata template. In this document, you will enter a title, an abstract, who is involved with collecting the data, where and when the study was done, and detailed information about each attribute (column) in your data file(s).


  • See here for a video on “Explanation of the EDI metadata template”.
  • See here for a video on “What are metadata and structured metadata?”. Presentation slides are available on GitHub here.