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Metadata Trainers: Kathy Martinolich



The introductory course is designed as a 2-day session but can be compressed or expanded to meet user needs. Training for individuals may be scheduled for specific NCDDC related projects.


Introduction to Geospatial Metadata -- This course presents the concept, principles, and value of metadata. The content and structure of the FGDC CSDGM are provided in detail along with methods for writing quality metadata. Hands-on metadata record creation and validation exercises feature a variety of available software tools including the NCDDC MERMAid system. The training course may be customized based on an organization’s specific requirements or data holdings. The workshop alternates between lectures and exercises. The process of constructing and validating FGDC compliant metadata using the NCDDC MERMAid tool as well as managing your metadata records through the use of resource directories and metadata databases can also be provided in conjunction with this workshop or as follow-on training session.


No training fees are charged.  Costs to sponsoring agency or office may include travel expenses and facility charges.


MERMAid, CNS, Metadata Parser (MP), TKME, ArcCatalog, Metavist 2005


Experience with environmental geospatial imagery (satellite, aerial photography, GIS layers) and environmental science data from natural resource management, ocean cruise data collection and emergency management perspectives; metadata conversion and translation; automatic metadata generation.


Introduction to Geospatial Metadata:
Ocean Springs, MS – February, 2004 (2)
Ocean Springs, MS – March, 2004
Stennis Space Center – June, 2004
Lafayette, LA -- October, 2004
Lafayette, LA – August, 2005
Lafayette, LA – May, 2006
Stennis Space Center – January, 2006

Participants included: 

Coastal resource managers, GIS analysts, imagery analysts, research biologists, metadata librarians, programmers, oceanographers, water quality analysts.


NCDDC generally focuses its metadata training activities toward observational geospatial data and products primarily related to coastal ecosystems, oceanography (physical, geological, chemical, and biological) and meteorology.

Contact Information:

Kathy Martinolich

NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center

Bldg. 1100

Stennis Space Center, MS 39529


Organization: NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center

Phone: 228.688.1471



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