Metadata Training and Outreach for Tribal Environmental Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau

The project goal is to reach out to tribal organizations lacking established metadata programs to aid metadata implementation. This project will provide FGDC compliant metadata creation training to tribal governments within the Colorado Plateau region for the maintenance of geospatial and environmental datasets. We will accomplish this through 1) training tribal GIS and natural resource professionals with little or no experience in developing metadata, 2) providing access to our registered clearinghouse for the publishing and harvesting of metadata, and 3) working with institutions that are also developing metadata to ensure we are building regional to national competency in an efficient and effective manner. The results of this project would not only support more efficient internal resource management for tribes, but if willing to share data resources, it would greatly aid the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). As part of the NSDI, The National Map, is lacking information for rur areas where many Native American Reservations are located. The Colorado Plateau encompasses several rural areas governed by Native American communities, some of them being quite large such as the Navajo Nation (See map below).

Final Report

Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research


Neil Cobb Ph.D.
Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research Director

Other Contacts:

Kirsten Ironside, MPCER GIS Coordinator
Paul Heinrich, MPCER Information Technology Manager

Map of Native American Reservations located on the Colorado Plateau