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USGS Guidelines for Metadata Review of Data


Metadata records are generally best reviewed alongside the data, since metadata describe datasets and there are some points at which it will be helpful to compare what is stated in the metadata to what the dataset shows. A data product may require more than one metadata record – for example, a record describing a collection of data sets, or records for individual datasets.

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USGSMetadataReviewChecklist_2014.pdf 174.45 KB


The role of the metadata reviewer is to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and usability of the metadata for data products to be approved and released by the USGS.


  • USGS Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC)


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