The purpose of this National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) metadata project was to provide outreach assistance to, primarily, US Geological Survey (USGS) Biological Resources Discipline (BRD) Science Centers and their partners. Completing and sharing biological metadata records with the broader scientific community is an important aspect of a completed or on-going government scientific study.
The NBII visited seven USGS BRD Science Centers and conducted seven workshops for conferences related to USGS-NBII activities. The USGS Science Centers accepted the offer of a planned visit and presentation through a phone conference with Center Directors. Each Center planned to host NBII for 1 ½ days, during which a presentation called "Metadata from a Data Management Perspective for USGS Managers" was presented during a morning session, and "Creating Metadata Records Using Metavist" was presented during an afternoon session. Each participant in each session was provided with a notebook of instructional materials. During the afternoon session, participants used laptops to practice with the software. NBII met with small focus groups on the second day to arrange a strategy for metadata production and NBII assistance in creating records.
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