This project empowers a metadata- and clearinghouse-enabled organization to assist an international partner to code metadata using the FGDC standard and become a registered clearinghouse node. Specifically, the project planned to train IT personnel of the People’s Republic of China’s National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS) of the State Oceanic Administration in the FGDC metadata standard and Z39.50 installation and configuration, ultimately to realize a new registered node in the FGDC NSDI Clearinghouse called "PICES-NMDIS (North Pacific Marine Science Organization-National Marine Data & Information Service)". This project is a component of a wider-scoped effort: a metadata federation of member countries (Canada, Peoples Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, USA) of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES). The federation effort is led by personnel of the North Pacific Ecosystem Metadatabase (NPEM). The US, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan already have registered nodes, with Korea having two. The project resulted in two NMDIS-NPEM Metadata Federation organizational and planning meetings which took place at NMDIS, Tianjin, China, August 30-31, 2007, and during the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Annual Meeting in Victoria British Columbia, Canada, October 30, 2007. Eight individuals from China where involved in the meetings.
Bernard A. Megrey