The main objective of the project was the publication of metadata for layers that were available for public access. Up to March 2015, a total of 253 new layers were documented. During the total period of the project, staff received training in the use of the GIS Inventory System. The principal investigator received training in the use of the harvesting tools and used it for the automated publication of the metadata files. In August 2013, a paper was presented at the ESRI International User Conference: “Metadata Publication in the National GIS Inventory (Ramona System)”. In September 2013, another presentation was held at the Miami-Dade GIS Users’ Group for local GIS experts and users. An application was developed to eliminate metadata tags that were not needed for publication. In March 2015, two training sessions were held with various GIS Managers and power users in the use of the GIS Inventory.
Overall, the project was a very good initiative to support the creation and maintenance of metadata for the County’s GIS datasets. The use of the GIS Inventory system gives Miami-Dade County the opportunity to participate in a national project that promotes the dissemination and sharing of geographic datasets metadata in order to plan and build a statewide data infrastructure (SSDI). The initial scope of the project has been completed, and Miami-Dade County plans to continue publishing its data in the GIS Inventory.